How ovarian cancers evade the immune system

October 6, 2021 12:00 am

By Krista Conger

It’s diabolical, and so clever. Recent research by cancer biologist Wendy Fantl, PhD, and immunologist and cancer biologist Veronica Gonzalez, PhD, shows that ovarian tumors thrive by convincing nearby immune cells that the cancer cells are those … Read more

Women with genetic mutations fare no worse with breast or ovarian cancer, study finds

October 1, 2021 12:00 am

By Krista Conger

Newly diagnosed breast or ovarian cancer patients who carry common cancer-associated mutations have similar or better short-term survival rates than those with no mutations, researchers report.

Women newly diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer who are also … Read more

Ovarian Cancerx: New Innovative Clinical Research Effort Seeks to Accelerate the Development of New Treatments for Deadliest Gynecological Cancer

September 23, 2021 9:19 am

LOS ANGELES – (BUSINESS WIRE)–Global Coalition for Adaptive Research (GCAR) announces a new clinical trial initiative, Ovarian CanceRxTM. This innovative trial, referred to as an adaptive platform trial, is designed to test multiple drugs simultaneously against the … Read more

Wistar Scientists Identify New Therapeutic Target in Ovarian Cancer Subtype With Poor Prognosis. Ovarian clear cell carcinomas with ARID1A mutations are sensitive to inhibition of the IRE1a-XBP1 stress response pathway in preclinical models.

September 21, 2021 5:12 pm

By Wistar Institute

Newswise — PHILADELPHIA — (Sept. 21, 2021) — Mutations in the ARID1A gene are present in more than 50% of ovarian clear cell carcinomas (OCCC), for which effective treatments are lacking. Scientists at The Wistar Institute discovered … Read more

Finding cancer earlier: New tests show promise with broader screening available

August 19, 2021 9:33 pm

By Meg Tully

Rosemary Jemo volunteered for a blood test trial based on pioneering research from Johns Hopkins University because she thought it would be great if it could save lives.

The 71-year-old Pennsylvania hairdresser now believes that decision saved … Read more

Researchers pinpoint how PARP inhibitors combat BRCA1 and BRCA2 tumor cells

August 13, 2021 9:27 pm

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers has discovered how an important class of anti-cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors works, a finding that could help improve treatment and prolong survival for patients with breast cancer and other malignancies.… Read more

UT Southwestern finds crucial new molecular mechanisms and biomarkers in ovarian cancer

July 30, 2021 4:55 pm

DALLAS – July 30, 2021 – UT Southwestern faculty have discovered what appears to be an Achilles’ heel in ovarian cancers, as well as new biomarkers that could point to which patients are the best candidates for possible new treatments.… Read more

Can an Antibiotic Treat Cancers that Become Resistant to PARP Inhibitors?

July 27, 2021 12:44 pm

For a second time, researchers will test an antibiotic discovered in the 1950s as a potential treatment for cancer.

The first attempt to study the drug, novobiocin, in patients with cancer was a small clinical trial conducted 30 years ago. … Read more

Organ-on-a-Chip Finds Crucial Connection Between Blood and Ovarian Cancers

July 26, 2021 4:48 pm

Researchers at Texas A&M University are pushing organ-on-a-chip devices to new levels that could change the way clinicians approach cancer treatment, particularly ovarian cancer. A team has recently submitted a patent disclosure with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.… Read more

Ceralasertib Olaparib Combo Elicits Promising Activity In Parp Resistant Ovarian Cancer

July 15, 2021 2:43 pm

The combination of ceralasertib and olaparib induced clinical activity and was well tolerated in patients with homologous recombination deficient, recurrent platinum-sensitive, PARP inhibitor–resistant ovarian cancer.

The combination of ceralasertib and olaparib (Lynparza) induced clinical activity and was well tolerated in … Read more

Old Antibiotic Targets BRCA-Mutated, PARP Inhibitor-Resistant Tumors

June 18, 2021 12:21 pm

Studies in laboratory cell lines and in mouse tumor models show an antibiotic developed in the 1950s called novabiocin effectively targets and kills cancer cells with abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which normally help to repair damaged DNA.… Read more

Novel vaccine safe, effective in ovarian cancer subset

June 11, 2021 8:51 am

By Jennifer Southall

A novel vaccine appeared safe and demonstrated clinical benefit as front-line maintenance therapy for women with advanced-stage ovarian cancer, according to results of a phase 2b trial presented during the virtual ASCO Annual Meeting.… Read more

Universal Genetic Testing Is Far From a Reality in Patients With Ovarian Cancer

June 8, 2021 11:28 am

by Victoria Forster, PhD

Rates of genetic testing in ovarian cancer “remain well below the goal of universal testing,” according to authors of a systematic review and meta-analysis published in Gynecologic Oncology.1Read more

Pafolacianine Sodium, NIRF Imaging Adjunct May Yield Benefit in FR+ Ovarian Cancer

June 8, 2021 11:16 am

Experts reveal pafolacianine sodium may offer a novel real-time adjunct to current surgical imaging practice in ovarian cancer surgery, according to a phase 3 study being presented at the virtual 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.… Read more

Mirvetuximab Soravtansine Plus Bevacizumab Looks Promising in Platinum-Agnostic Ovarian Cancer

June 7, 2021 11:22 am

The combination of mirvetuximab soravtansine and bevacizumab produces “impressive antitumor activity” in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer and high folate receptor alpha (FRα) expression, according to researchers.… Read more

No Difference in Survival Noted With Longer Duration of Bevacizumab for Ovarian Cancer

June 7, 2021 11:18 am

Doubling treatment duration of bevacizumab did not lead to better survival in patients with ovarian cancer who were treated on a phase 3 trial.

For patients with primary epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer, prolonged treatment

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Electronic Olfaction System Under Study as Screening Tool for Pancreatic and Ovarian Cancers

June 5, 2021 9:00 am

An odor-based test that detects vapors emanating from blood samples was able to distinguish between benign and pancreatic and ovarian cancer cells with up to 95% accuracy, according to a new study presented by Johnson et al during the 2021 … Read more

HIPEC With Carboplatin for Platinum-Sensitive Recurrent Ovarian Cancer: Safety and Outcomes

June 2, 2021 12:29 pm

In an MSK Team Ovary–led phase II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Zivanovic et al found that use of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) with carboplatin during secondary cytoreduction followed by chemotherapy did not improve 24-month progression-free … Read more

Breakthrough Therapy Designation Granted to VS-6766 Plus Defactinib for Pretreated Low-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer

May 25, 2021 5:00 pm

A RAF/MEK plus FAK inhibitor combination will be given an expedited review by the FDA as therapy for patients with recurrent low-grade serous ovarian cancer.

By Audrey Sternberg

The combination of the RAF/MEK inhibitor, VS-6766, plus the FAK inhibitor, defactinib, … Read more