Tackling Cancer Anxiety

November 18, 2018 6:29 pm

By Susan Gubar

No matter how long I deal with periodic blood tests, abdominal CTs and mammograms, they always trigger a huge wave of ‘scanxiety.’

Last year, right before the winter holidays, the nurse practitioner palpating my breast paused and … Read more

Real-World Experience Differs from Trial Results for Niraparib in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

October 25, 2018 1:11 am

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Real-world experience of adverse events with the oral PARP inhibitor niraparib in patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer at a 200 mg daily dose differed from those most commonly seen in the phase 3 clinical trial at … Read more

Ovarian Cancer ‘Breakthrough’ Drug Prevents Disease Returning for Years

October 22, 2018 4:35 pm

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A new ovarian cancer treatment dramatically reduces the chances of the disease returning, a study has shown.

Doctors have hailed the results of a “breakthrough” trial which they say opens the possibility that many more women suffering … Read more

To Test or Not To Test: A Thorny Question in Ovarian Cancer Maintenance

September 19, 2018 9:28 pm

BY Kelly Irvin

I’ve officially entered the twilight zone. No, not the one Rod Serling spoke of on that classic TV show. This is that murky, dark period when the tumor markers associated with ovarian cancer start creeping up. While … Read more

Tumor Treating Fields Plus Paclitaxel Appears Safe, Effective in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

August 16, 2018 12:57 am
BY Kristie L. Kahl
The combination use of Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) and paclitaxel more than doubled progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with recurrent, platinum-resistant ovarian cancer compared with those who received weekly paclitaxel, according to results from the phase … Read more

Quality of Life Maintained With Niraparib for Ovarian Cancer

August 1, 2018 9:19 pm

by Madeline Marr

The use of niraparib in women receiving treatment for platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer did not adversely affect quality of life (QoL), according to a study published in The Lancet Oncology.

An international team of researchers led … Read more

Triggering an Immune Response in Ovarian Cancer

July 17, 2018 2:04 am
by Mark L. Fuerst

A novel personalized vaccine made from an ovarian cancer patient’s tumor tissue and immune cells was found in early research to stimulate potent therapeutic immune responses, extending overall survival for patients with recurrent disease.

The vaccine,

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Bevacizumab Rechallenge Benefit in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer?

June 19, 2018 5:43 pm

A new study suggests that a rechallenge with bevacizumab in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy may prolong progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer (ROC) who already received this agent during first-line treatment. The study was presented by Italian … Read more

Clearity Presents Results at ASCO Conference

June 13, 2018 7:22 pm

Results from analysis of clinical and tumor profiling data from ovarian cancer patients in the Clearity Foundation Data Repository were presented in two studies at the recent ASCO conference that took place June 1-5 in Chicago, Ill.

The first study

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Olaparib Plus Vistusertib Promising in Early Trial

June 8, 2018 9:48 pm

The combination of the PARP inhibitor olaparib with an mTORC1/2 inhibitor known as vistusertib was tolerable and had promising activity across endometrial, ovarian, and triple-negative breast cancers, according to a phase I trial. Results of the trial (abstract 5504Read more

Pembrolizumab Monotherapy Shows Activity in Advanced Recurrent OC

June 7, 2018 9:52 pm

Pembrolizumab monotherapy is associated with antitumor activity in patients with advanced recurrent ovarian cancer, interim results from the phase 2 KEYNOTE-100 study suggest.

Notably, objective response rates among study subjects increased in tandem with increased programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression, … Read more

Multi-epitope T-cell Vaccine Shows Promise in Ovarian, Breast Cancer

May 29, 2018 7:07 pm

Clinicians in the not-too-distant future may have something new to offer women with breast cancer and ovarian cancer in whom initial therapy fails to yield a response. Writing in Clinical Cancer Research, investigators at the Mayo Clinic report that … Read more

Living With Ovarian Cancer as a Chronic Disease, and Celebrating Milestones

February 9, 2018 8:33 pm

Whenever Joan Janssen meets fellow ovarian cancer patients, she shares words of wisdom that she’s gained from seven years of living with the disease. “This is a recurring disease; don’t be stunned if it comes back,” she tells them. “You … Read more

“Surviving it once, yes. Twice? I don’t know about that”: My Ovarian Cancer Came Back

February 2, 2018 6:32 pm

For many people diagnosed with cancer, the symptoms are obvious. Bumps, lumps and blood where it shouldn’t be are all clear-cut warning signs that something could be wrong.

But for Narell Whitehead, a chance encounter with a TV ad was … Read more

Immortality at Midnight

December 22, 2017 7:57 pm

By: Susan Gubar

Toward the end of another unexpected year of existence, outliving a poor prognosis of late-stage cancer rouses me in the dark. Such an awakening is quite different from the fretful insomnia that accompanied the dire diagnosis. Especially … Read more

Putting Fear of Recurrence Aside by Living Passionately

October 3, 2017 8:45 pm

One of the biggest challenges for cancer survivors can be simply not thinking about their cancer once they’ve tamed the beast and been declared cancer-free. As an ovarian cancer patient, I’d venture to speculate that it’s even harder for those … Read more