Social Media Posts Identify Needs, Concerns of Patients with Ovarian Cancer

April 18, 2019 5:00 pm

By Beth Fand Incollingo and Kristie L. Kahl

Patients with ovarian cancer tend to underreport their most challenging symptoms; however, an analysis of their online comments could give health care providers insight into how to help.

A machine learning approach … Read more

Niraparib Offers New Option in Heavily Pretreated Ovarian Cancer

April 17, 2019 7:00 pm

By Dave Levitan

Niraparib showed promising and clinically relevant activity as therapy for heavily pretreated patients with ovarian cancer, according to a new phase II study. This was particularly true among women with homologous recombination deficiency (HRD)-positive tumors.

“Although most … Read more

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

Ovarian Cancer Patients Undertested for Mutations that Could Guide Clinical Care

April 9, 2019 4:00 pm

By Krista Conger

A large study of women with breast and ovarian cancer has revealed significant gaps between national guidelines for genetic testing and actual testing practices, according to researchers from Stanford and five other institutions.

Fewer than a quarter … Read more

23andMe DTC Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Test Misses Almost 90 Percent of BRCA Mutation Carriers

April 5, 2019 5:00 pm

By Julia Karow

A study led by researchers at Invitae has found that 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer BRCA test, which tests for three common variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and is authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration, misses … Read more

Study: Birth Control Pills Protect Against Aggressive Ovarian Cancer

April 3, 2019 5:00 pm

“The longer the history of oral contraceptive use, the greater the protection we observed in terms of reduced chance of dying from aggressive ovarian cancer,” said study first author Jennifer Mongiovi.

The protection that birth control pills offer against ovarian … Read more

Ovarian Cancer’s New Identity: A Chronic Disease

April 1, 2019 4:45 pm

By Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Women with this disease are living longer, despite common recurrence.

When Luci Berardi received a stage 4 ovarian cancer diagnosis in October 2010, she did not want to know her chances of survival. The physician told … Read more

Initial Phase 2 Data From an IMV Clinical Study Continues to Demonstrate DPX-Survivac’s Prior Trend as a Potential Monotherapy Treatment for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

March 26, 2019 5:00 pm

IMV Inc., a clinical stage immuno-oncology corporation, today announced preliminary data from the phase 2 cohort of the DECIDE clinical study. Six patients receiving DPX-Survivac monotherapy with intermittent low-dose cyclophosphamide (mCPA) have reached the first CT scan assessment with key … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Screening Tool Should be a Top Research Priority

March 25, 2019 5:00 pm

By Kelly Irvin

Did we bring this scary, painful, financially draining monster into our lives by eating too many cookies and not doing enough jumping jacks? We need a reliable diagnostic screening tool for ovarian cancer and we need it Read more

SGO 2019: Maintenance Rucaparib Effective for All Age Groups in Ovarian Cancer

March 22, 2019 5:00 pm

By Christina Bennett, MS

Rucaparib, a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, was effective as a maintenance therapy across all age groups of patients with recurrent ovarian cancer, according to the results of a post-hoc exploratory analysis of ARIEL3 presented at … Read more

‘End of the Road’ for Trabectedin in Ovarian Cancer?

March 21, 2019 7:00 pm

By Ian Ingram

Trial stopped for futility, but 13-month OS improvement seen in patients with BRCA mutations.

Trabectedin (Yondelis) plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) failed to improve survival in a phase III trial of third-line ovarian cancer, but a survival … Read more

Patients Need Access to More Information About the Cost of Cancer Care

March 21, 2019 5:00 pm

By Brielle Benyon

Financial distress puts a major burden on patients with cancer and their families. And while there are numerous resources that clinicians can share with their patients to help with co-pays and other money-related issues, they are not … Read more

Avelumab Combo Falls Short in Advanced Ovarian Cancer

March 20, 2019 7:00 pm

By Ian Ingram

But showed promise in PD-L1-positive group.

Adding avelumab (Bavencio) to pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) failed to improve survival outcomes for patients with platinum-resistant or refractory ovarian cancer in a phase III trial reported here.

In the intent-to-treat … Read more

SGO 2019: Less Worry, More Symptoms and Regret With Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy

March 20, 2019 5:00 pm

By Christina Bennett, MS

Women at increased risk for hereditary ovarian cancer who underwent risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy experienced less worry but worse menopausal symptoms and more regret compared with those who underwent salpingectomy with delayed oophorectomy, the Women Choosing Surgical Prevention … Read more

Early Data Send Strong Signal in Advanced Gyn Cancers

March 19, 2019 7:00 pm

By Ian Ingram

Clinical benefit rate tops 90% in pair of single-center studies.

Two early trials of novel combinations showed promising clinical activity in gynecologic cancers at a late-breaking abstract session at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) meeting here.… Read more

New Class of Drugs Could Treat Ovarian Cancer

March 19, 2019 5:00 pm

A team of researchers across The University of Manchester have shown that a new class of drugs are able to stop ovarian cancer cells growing.

The Cancer Research UK and Wellcome Trust funded study, published in the journal Cancer CellRead more

SGO 2019: Pembrolizumab Combo Shows Clinical Benefit for Recurrent Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

March 19, 2019 3:00 pm

By Christina Bennett, MS

Pembrolizumab in combination with bevacizumab and oral metronomic cyclophosphamide showed clinical activity in patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer, according to the results of an open-label phase II trial (LBA4) presented at the 2019 Society of … Read more

Individualized Dosing Regimen Reduces Side Effects in Ovarian Cancer Maintenance Therapy

March 18, 2019 7:00 pm

By Kristie L. Kahl

Side effects decreased among patients with high-risk ovarian cancer who received an individualized starting dose of Zejula (niraparib), based upon baseline bodyweight and platelet counts, compared with a fixed starting dose, according to a recent analysis

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When PARP Inhibitors Fail in Ovarian Cancer

March 18, 2019 6:00 pm

By Ian Ingram

Study identifies subgroup for whom another go could be worthwhile.

Lack of response to a PARP inhibitor in epithelial ovarian cancer didn’t necessarily mean patients were resistant to all such agents, a small retrospective study indicated.

Among … Read more