Diagnosing the “Silent Killer”: AI Tackles Early Stage Ovarian Cancer

January 26, 2024 9:00 am

By Fay Lin, PhD

A major bottleneck in early detection is the molecular heterogeneity between ovarian cancer (OC) patients, which limits the likelihood of identifying individual biomarkers that are shared among patients. In a new study “A personalized probabilistic Read more

Claudine Isaacs, MD, on the Limitations of At-Home Genetic Tests for Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancers

More than 95% of BRCA1 or BRCA1 pathogenic variants would have been missed by DTC testing, largest such study showed

November 8, 2023 9:00 am

By Mark Fuerst

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing has limited use as a screening tool for identifying individuals at risk of hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, especially in those of non-Ashkenazi Jewish descent, researchers reported.

Most current DTC genetic tests evaluate … Read more

First Blood Test for Dozens of Hereditary Cancers Approved by FDA

October 2, 2023 9:00 am

The FDA has approved the first blood test that can help identify hundreds of potentially cancer-associated hereditary variants. The Invitae Common Hereditary Cancers Panel evaluates a blood sample to identify DNA variants in 47 genes associated with an elevated risk … Read more

Dr Rebecca Brooks Covers Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors, Preventive Measures

September 29, 2023 9:00 am

By Hayden E. Klein

For Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, Rebecca Brooks, MD, talked to The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC®) about how genetics and family history play a large role in ovarian cancer … Read more

Clinical trial gives women with gene mutation power over disease

September 8, 2023 9:00 am

Shared by Norma Rabago

When Juana Padron, a 40-year-old mother of four, chose to have a genetic test, going against her friends and family’s advice was the last thing on her mind.

Padron’s aunt died from breast cancer, and she … Read more

Exome sequencing identifies cancer predisposition-gene carriers screening guidelines miss

April 19, 2023 12:55 pm

by Jennifer Southall

Whole-exome sequencing identified carriers of predisposition genes for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer or Lynch syndrome who, under current guidelines, would not have qualified for genetic testing, according to study results.

The findings, presented at American Association … Read more

Ovarian Cancer in Black and African American Communities

February 3, 2023 3:10 pm

Ovarian cancer outcomes are less positive for Black and African American persons compared to other communities, but the reasons why are not entirely clear. Anne Mette Buhl, PhD, Director of Science and Clinical Trials, from The Clearity Foundation, recently contributed Read more

OCRA Issues Consensus Statement Calling for Consideration of Fallopian Tube Removal to Prevent Ovarian Cancer

February 3, 2023 2:16 pm

by Jo Cavallo

The UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) has shown that general population screening did not significantly reduce ovarian and tubal cancer deaths, and the researchers concluded that such screening cannot be recommended. The findings from … Read more

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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Meta-Analysis Examines Link Between Aspirin Use and Ovarian Cancer Risk

July 28, 2022 10:32 am

by The ASCO Post Staff

Frequent aspirin use may be linked with lower ovarian cancer risk in individuals with multiple risk factors, according to a new study published by Hurwitz et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

“Ovarian … Read more

Examining factors that may impact ovarian cancer survival disparities

June 20, 2022 10:33 am

by Coco Davis/ Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the most lethal gynecologic malignancy among women in the United States (US). Although the incidence rate is higher among White women, Black women have the lower survival … Read more

New Clue to Risk of Peritoneal Cancer After Prophylactic Salpingo-Oophorectomy

April 5, 2022 3:27 pm

by Charles Bankhead

— Women with BRCA variant and serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma had a 34-fold greater risk

The presence of serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma (STIC) at the time of risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) significantly increased the risk of peritoneal carcinomatosis … 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

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

MSK Fellows Develop Online Resource to Increase Awareness of Genetic Cascade Testing

October 21, 2021 12:00 am

by Alison Kanski

NEW YORK – Gynecologic oncology fellows at Memorial Sloan Kettering have developed an online resource for cancer patients, family members, and doctors aiming to raise awareness of genetic cancer risks and spur more testing among relatives for … 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

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