Types of Drugs Used to Treat Cancer

April 15, 2019 7:00 pm

By Andrea S. Blevins Primeau, PhD, MBA

There are many different types of agents used in the treatment of cancer, and they can generally be classified according to molecule type or their basic mechanism of action. Different cancer types have … Read more

SGO 2019: Dendritic Cell-Based Immunotherapy Appears Promising for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

March 16, 2019 5:00 pm

The treatment offers long-lasting anti-tumor immunity.

The addition of a dendritic cell immunotherapy to chemotherapy has been found to prolong overall survival significantly in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer. The combination of chemotherapy + immunotherapy corresponded to 73% survival after … Read more

Targeting Stem-Like Cells Could Prevent Ovarian Cancer Recurrence

March 12, 2019 5:00 pm

Ovarian cancer is not the most common form of cancer, but it’s among the deadliest. That’s because about 70 percent of cases recur. A new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Magee-Women’s Research Institute … Read more

Open Source Tool Predicts Chemo Drugs Best Suited for Individual Patients

November 12, 2018 12:09 am

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have developed a new open-source decision support tool designed to help clinicians chose the chemotherapy drug best suited for individual patients.

The open-source support vector machine (SVM)-based algorithm predicted the chemotherapy drug … Read more

Drug Combination Gives ‘Exciting’ Results in Ovarian and Lung Cancer in Early Trial

August 24, 2018 1:58 am

Combining a new targeted cancer drug with chemotherapy has shown promise in an early clinical trial, in patients with ovarian or lung cancer for whom all other treatments had failed.

The combination of targeted drug vistusertib along with paclitaxel chemotherapy … Read more

FDA Approves Bevacizumab Plus Chemotherapy in Advanced OC

June 14, 2018 7:32 pm

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved bevacizumab (Avastin) in combination with chemotherapy (carboplatin and paclitaxel) followed by bevacizumab as a single agent for the treatment of women with advanced (stage III or IV) ovarian cancer following initial … Read more

FDA Clears Paxman Scalp-Cooling System

June 12, 2018 6:23 pm

The FDA granted expanded clearance to the Paxman Scalp Cooling System, allowing the device to be used by patients with any type of solid tumor.

The Paxman Scalp Cooling System (Paxman) — designed to reduce hair loss among patients who … Read more

Heated Abdominal Chemo Bath Improves Ovarian Cancer Survival

January 17, 2018 5:00 pm

By Gene Emery

A heated chemotherapy organ bath circulated throughout the abdomen after surgery can significantly prolong a woman’s survival with advanced ovarian cancer, according to doctors testing the new treatment.

Patients who underwent the experimental procedure at 8 hospitals … Read more

New Data Confirms Standard Dosing of Chemotherapy

September 15, 2017 3:00 pm

Women with ovarian cancer can safely stick to the standard 3-week dosing schedule for paclitaxel rather than boosting up to a weekly dose-dense regimen, according to results of the phase III ICON8 trial to be presented at the ESMO 2017 … Read more

New Study: Improve Chemotherapy Strategies for Ovarian Cancer

May 24, 2017 6:46 pm

Most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer undergo surgery to remove as many of the tumors as possible. However, it is usually impossible to eliminate all of the cancer cells because they have spread throughout the abdomen. Surgery is therefore followed … Read more

Patients Rank Nausea as Most Concerning Chemotherapy Side Effect

March 16, 2017 6:26 pm

Patients with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer rank nausea as the most concerning side effect associated with chemotherapy, according to a study presented at the 2017 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting.1

An important aspect of shared decision-making is patient preference … Read more

What’s the Best Chemotherapy Strategy in Ovarian Cancer?

January 30, 2017 9:41 pm

Results from the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) 252 trial, while highly anticipated in the oncology community, did not give any additional clarity for the use of intravenous (IV) versus intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy for patients with ovarian cancer, says Franco M. … Read more

More Chemo May Not Equal Better Outcomes in Ovarian Cancer

January 23, 2017 7:56 pm

Increasing the number of cycles of chemotherapy doesn’t appear to significantly influence recurrence rates or survival in patients with early stage ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC), according to researchers.

The retrospective cohort study of 201 patients showed that recurrence and … Read more

Combination Of Chemotherapy And Immunotherapy May Be Effective

June 8, 2016 7:04 pm

Inside each ovarian tumor, there are good cells and bad cells. A new paper explains their roles: The bad cells are fibroblasts. They work to block chemotherapy, which is why nearly every woman with ovarian cancer becomes resistant to treatment. … Read more