Oral Contraceptive Pills Protect Against Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer, Study Finds

December 18, 2020 11:00 am

A study has shown that the use of oral contraceptives gave women a much lower risk of developing both ovarian and endometrial cancer.

A study involving more than 250,000 women has shown that the use of oral contraceptives can protect … Read more

SRS Instead of WBRT for Patients With Multiple Brain Metastases

October 29, 2020 3:00 pm

 Roxanne Nelson, RN, BSN

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) should replace whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) as the new standard of care for patients with four or more brain metastases, say researchers who report results from a randomized trial conducted in patients with … Read more

Two-Stage Surgery to Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk Piques Interest

October 16, 2020 6:00 pm

 Sharon Worcester

“Many physicians would assume that prevention of cancer, especially cancer as serious as ovarian cancer, trumps all other decision making, but when we really listen to high-risk women, they want to have options,” Karen Lu, MD, … Read more

Universal BRCA Testing Could Prevent Countless Cancer Deaths

July 17, 2020 1:00 pm

By Diana Swift

Population screening found to be cost-effective for higher income countries

Screening entire populations of women for mutations in breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes could prevent hundreds of thousands of cases in the U.S., and millions globally, … Read more

Surgical Removal of Fallopian Tubes to Prevent Ovarian Cancer Rapidly Rising, More Research Needed to Support Its Continued Use

July 13, 2020 6:00 pm

Ten percent of women who received a hysterectomy and salpingectomy, or removal of the fallopian tubes, during the study period had a family history of breast or ovarian cancer.

By Ryan McDonald

Despite limited data to support its use, the … Read more

Certain Recurring Symptoms May Be Linked to Ovarian Cancer

July 13, 2020 2:00 pm

A recent data analysis found that most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer (92%) experienced abdominal and pelvic-related symptoms and visited a physician with this complaint anywhere from six to 70 months prior to diagnosis.

By Ryan McDonald

Data from a … Read more

Treatment with Lipophilic Statins Shows Lower Mortality Rate for Patients with Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

June 22, 2020 6:00 pm

A study presented at the AACR Virtual Annual Meeting II showed a significant decrease in mortality rate for patients with epithelial ovarian cancer when treated with lipophilic statins, supporting the further evaluation of statins to treat ovarian cancer in randomized Read more

Convenient Spit Test Helps Women Assess Cancer Risk From The Comfort Of Their Own Homes

June 1, 2020 4:00 pm

By Stand Up To Cancer

Genetic testing for cancer risk can significantly improve the prevention or treatment of hereditary cancers, but studies have shown that people who might have a genetic risk often don’t get tested. A collaborative Stand Up … Read more

Research Suggests Statins Could Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

February 18, 2020 10:00 am

By Cancer Research UK

A genetic study has found evidence to suggest that women who take statins in the long term could be less likely to develop ovarian cancer, according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK published today … Read more

Use of intrauterine devices may decrease risk for ovarian cancer

January 24, 2020 10:00 am

About 14,000 women each year die of ovarian cancer, making it one of the deadliest gynecologic cancers.

Moreover, 80% of ovarian cancer diagnoses occur only after the disease has progressed to a late stage. The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance estimated … Read more

‘Wild Idea’ Opens Possible New Frontier for Preventing Ovarian Cancer

October 9, 2019 3:00 pm

A laboratory study published in Clinical Cancer Research offers a new hypothesis about how ovarian cancer forms and suggests how it might be prevented.

The study is the first to show that the natural stiffening of the ovaries called fibrosis … Read more

New Name for Breast-Cancer Syndrome Could Help to Save Lives

July 3, 2019 6:00 pm

By Colin C. Pritchard

People of all sexes can have risk genes that are often assumed to affect only women. Renaming the syndrome should aid cancer prevention and treatment, argues Colin C. Pritchard.

I recently had a conversation with my … Read more

Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: BRCA Mutations, Brain Mets, and Breastfeeding

May 6, 2019 5:00 pm

By Kristin Jenkins

The presence of a BRCA germ line mutation in patients with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer may confer a short-term survival advantage, but is not associated with a reduction in long-term mortality, researchers found.

A follow-up study comparing … 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

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

Sound and Light Could Detect Ovarian Cancer Earlier

November 23, 2018 11:32 pm

By Beth Miller

Researchers have found an innovative way to use sound and light, or photoacoustic, imaging to diagnose ovarian tumors. The method may lead to a promising new diagnostic imaging technique to improve current standard of care for patients Read more

Why Is the 5-Year Survival Rate for Ovarian Cancer So Low?

November 21, 2018 11:30 pm

By Korin Miller

Here’s what to know—and how to try to protect yourself.

Finding out that you or someone you love has any kind of cancer is disorienting, frightening, and generally a hellish experience. This is pretty typical no matter … Read more

Ultrasonography Useful for Predicting Ovarian Cancer Risk

November 21, 2018 9:55 pm

By Will Boggs MD

The ultrasonographic appearance of ovarian masses is strongly associated with a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, researchers report.

“Ovarian cancer is a frightening and devastating disease, and we want to be able to find ovarian cancer … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Risk Reduced with Postmenopausal Statins

November 7, 2018 5:00 pm

By Pam Harrison

All histologic types of ovarian cancer risk lowered in statin versus non-statin users.

Women who started taking a statin at the age of 50 or older had a significantly lower risk of developing any histologic type of … Read more

Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

October 4, 2018 1:15 am

Women who reported recent, regular use of low-dose aspirin (100 milligrams or less) had a 23% lower risk of developing ovarian cancer when compared with women who did not regularly take aspirin, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. … Read more