Ultra-Personal Therapy: Gene Tumor Boards Guide Cancer Care

October 23, 2017 3:30 pm

By: Marilynn Marchione

Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it too, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated gene tests … Read more

More Expansive Genetic Testing Needed in Ovarian Cancer

October 5, 2017 3:30 pm

More research is needed on the other genetic mutations, besides BRCA, that patients with ovarian cancer harbor so that they can be used to help plan treatments.

However, there is hope for such research to emerge. Ophira Ginsburg, M.D., director … Read more

The Role of Genetic Testing in Ovarian Cancer

August 8, 2017 2:59 am

Pathologists and oncologists work closely together to treat patients with cancer, and will continue to do so as more individualized treatments become popular. In ovarian cancer, tumors evolve over time, making this relationship between members of the treatment team even … Read more

Gene Testing Could Help Predict Ovarian Cancer Patients’ Sensitivity

January 2, 2017 7:55 pm

Testing for a gene commonly mutated in ovarian cancers could pick out patients who will respond well to a promising new class of cancer drugs, a major new study reveals.

Scientists found that defects in a gene called ARID1A caused … Read more

The Unbearably Slow Adoption of Genetic Cancer Tests

July 12, 2016 5:29 pm

Over the past 20 years, Nazneen Rahman has identified a steady stream of genes that influence the risk of breast, ovarian, and childhood cancers—work that has earned her scientific, popular, and even royal acclaim. But her latest accomplishment, and one … Read more