Ovarian cancer surveillance results in earlier diagnosis for women with faulty BRCA genes who want to defer surgery

November 1, 2022 4:17 pm

by British Medical Journal

Regularly monitoring women with faulty BRCA genes that make them highly susceptible to ovarian cancer results in earlier stage diagnosis in those who want to defer preventive surgery, finds research published online in the Journal of Read more

Melissa Frey, MD, on Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Genetic Testing

October 19, 2022 10:40 am

by Mark L. Fuerst

Most people with a hereditary ovarian cancer syndrome are unaware of their underlying mutation, and the majority have not had genetic testing.

In a recent article in the ASCO Educational Book, Melissa Frey, MD, MS, … Read more

Identifying the Underlying Causes of Ovarian Cancer

October 6, 2022 1:48 pm

by Cedars-Sinai

New Studies Led by Cedars-Sinai Investigators Help Pinpoint Genetic Risk Factors Tied to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer and Suggest How to Better Identify Women Most At Risk

Image on left: Simon Gayther, PhD, professor of Biomedical Sciences, Read more

Study Finds Genetic Counseling for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Syndrome Did Not Significantly Increase with Clinician Support

August 15, 2022 11:11 am

by Erin Hunter

Women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer felt less worried and better informed with educational intervention, even if their attendance of genetic counseling did not significantly increase.

A new study shows that access to clinician

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Understanding the genetic testing-related information needs of ovarian cancer patients

July 29, 2022 11:45 am

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.

JMIR Publications recently published “Understanding the Information Needs of Patients With Ovarian Cancer Regarding Genetic Testing to Inform Intervention Design: Interview Study” in JMIR Cancer, which reported that experts in gynecological cancer care recommend that … Read more

Key to detecting ovarian cancer early may be in the fallopian tubes

April 4, 2022 3:20 pm

by Caren Begun

Tennis legend Chris Evert—known for her 18-time grand slam success in the sport—has made recent headlines after revealing an early-stage ovarian cancer diagnosis and speaking out to help others by sharing her personal experience.

According to the … Read more

My Experience Enrolling in a Cancer Clinical Trial: The Verdict Is ‘Yes’

January 26, 2022 10:19 am

by Julie S. Brokaw

A patient with ovarian cancer describes how she enrolled in a clinical trial, and how it has given her a renewed sense of hope that she may find a successful treatment option.

To find clinical trials,

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BRCA Testing Underused in Women With Ovarian Cancer

January 14, 2022 9:00 am

by M. Alexander Otto, MMS, PA

Despite unequivocal recommendations for universal germline BRCA testing in women with ovarian cancer, an analysis of a large commercial insurance database between 2008 and 2018 found that only about one third (33.9%) of such … Read more

Not-So-Silent Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer

January 6, 2022 11:11 am

by Charles Bankhead

— More than 70% of patients reported one or more symptoms prior to diagnosis

More than 70% of women with high-risk early ovarian cancer had one or more symptoms of underlying disease, most often abdominal or pelvic … Read more

Why Black women with ovarian cancer require greater focus

December 15, 2021 9:55 am

by Sophia George

Providing equal access to care will not by itself equalize outcomes between Black and white women.

Women from the African diaspora are disproportionately affected by high-grade and aggressive ovarian tumours. In the United States, mortality due to … Read more

Patients With Cancer Deserve Respect, Civility and a Voice in Their Treatment

October 6, 2021 12:00 am

By Kelly Irvin

Health care isn’t something that is done to you. You participate in it. You’re part of the team. If your team is letting you down, say so. If they don’t do better, consider seeking health care providers Read more

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer Explained as Woman Diagnosed Thanks to Small Navel Growth

September 28, 2021 12:00 am

By Aatif Sulleyman

A woman is raising awareness of ovarian cancer and how difficult it can be to detect, having been diagnosed with the illness by a dermatologist who removed a small growth from her navel.

Despite being aware of … Read more

Attachment Insecurity and Depression, Anxiety in Ovarian Cancer Patient Partner-Caregivers

September 24, 2021 12:00 am

By Jessica Nye, PhD

A cross-sectional study found that caregivers of patients with ovarian cancer were experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety which were affected by attachment avoidance. These findings were published in Current Oncology.

Caregivers are an important … Read more

Disappointment: Screening for Ovarian Cancer Does Not Cut Deaths

May 13, 2021 12:00 pm

By Pam Harrison

Results from a huge British trial that involved more than 200,000 women who were followed for a median of 16 years have turned out negative. Investigators found that annual screening for ovarian cancer with either multimodal screening … Read more

Luci Berardi: Writing a New Chapter on Ovarian Cancer

April 15, 2021 10:30 am

Luci Berardi had known for three months that something was wrong. As a yoga practitioner and instructor, she was very much in tune with her body, and the changes she was noticing were odd and disconcerting.

First there was the … Read more

Kristen’s Story: Holding On to Hope

March 25, 2021 3:00 pm

October of 2019, I had my initial tumor removal via an oophorectomy. My oncologist was extremely empathetic and insisted that all measures would be taken to preserve my fertility given my age. However, on November 13, 2019, three weeks following … Read more

Clearity Caregiver’s Week – Denise and Michelle’s Story

February 21, 2021 6:00 pm

Eleven years ago, my wife and I had the rug pulled out from under us. Michelle was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and we were thrust into a new, alien world—Michelle as patient, and me as caregiver—a role I frankly wasn’t … Read more

Clearity Caregiver’s Week: Laurie and Jason’s Story

February 18, 2021 2:00 am

When diagnosed, there’s so much to deal with. After years of warning signs and my primary care doctor treating me for a myriad of medical issues, I presented with excruciating torso and belly pain, a distended stomach & difficulty breathing … Read more

Common Genetic Test Often Wrong When Identifying Rare Disease-Causing Variants Such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, Study Says

February 16, 2021 10:00 am

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

A genetic test used to detect common traits many people share is not reliable in identifying rare disease-causing variations, such as those that can predict breast and ovarian cancer, a new study has found.

The SNP … Read more

Nulliparity, Not ART, Likely Raises Risk of Ovarian Cancer

January 19, 2021 5:00 pm

By Mark L. Fuerst

Women who receive ovarian stimulation for assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures don’t have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer when compared to subfertile women who don’t undergo ART, according to a new study.

The results … Read more