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DOCF Donates $50,000 to OCRF
We are very proud to announce another DOCF research donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation in 2013. Read about it in the Delaware Business Daily September 11 Issue, click HERE. Also, click on the new "Research Donations" page for details.
Dogs Detect Early Stage Ovarian Cancer
Dogs are being trained to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages. Click HERE to read the press release from Penn Vet (University of Pennsylvania), or click HERE to watch a video on the CBS website.
By Amir Khan, Everyday Health (March 14, 2013), "Night shift workers may be at a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a new study. However, the risk may not be as pronounced in women who describe themselves as a 'night person'."
"Most women with ovarian cancer receive inadequate care and miss out on treatments that could add a year or more to their lives, a new study has found."
Don't miss the important information in this article by Denise Grady, The New York Times.
This National Cancer Institute pamphlet includes important information about chemotherapy, including sections to track your treatment with your doctor or nurse.
'Pap' test possible for ovarian cancer at MSNBC News, "The Pap test, which has saved tens of thousands of women from cervical cancer, might be adapted to help fight two other deadly cancers – ovarian cancer and cancer of the uterus, doctors report."
Ovarian Cancer State-by-State 'Report Cards'
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) has conducted a State-by-State study ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine how well they are providing information and healthcare services for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. As part of the study, state laws, regulations and programs were examined. (UPDATED)
Delaware was ranked at 22.
Read more, click HERE.
Pennsylvania was ranked at 20.
Read more, click HERE.
Maryland was ranked at 2.
Read more, click HERE.
New Jersey was ranked at 14.
Read more, click HERE.
Read important update (July 24, 2014) regarding the Doxil shortage,
click HERE. (UPDATED)
Teal Journal - The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Periodical of Progress
FDA News Release (December 19, 2014), “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Lynparza (olaparib), a new drug treatment for women with advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes, as detected by an FDA-approved test.” (NEW)
“Anti-leukemia drug may also work against ovarian cancer”, ScienceDaily (November 17, 2014), “An antibody therapy already in clinical trials to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia may also prove effective against ovarian cancer – and likely other cancers as well, report researchers.” (NEW)
“Scientists find way to reduce ovarian cancer tumors, chemo doses”, ScienceDaily (November 13, 2104), “In a potential breakthrough against ovarian cancer, researchers have discovered how to both shrink tumors and improve drug delivery, allowing for lower doses of chemotherapy and reducing side effects.” (NEW)
“Ovarian Cancer DNA Detected in Vaginal Fluid”, WebMD News from HealthDay, by Amy Norton, HealthDay Reporter (October 7, 2014), “Preliminary finding may bring doctors one step closer to test that could catch the disease in early stages. Researchers have found it's possible to detect ovarian cancer gene mutations in vaginal fluid samples -- a finding they hope is a step toward an effective screening test for the disease.” (NEW)
“Common, Hard-To-Treat Cancers: Potential New Targeted Therapies”, ScienceDaily (June 2, 2014), “Positive results from four clinical trials of investigational targeted drugs for advanced ovarian, lung, and thyroid cancers, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia were highlighted recently by researchers. Findings from the mid- and late-stage trials suggest new ways to slow disease progression and improve survival for patients who experience relapses or resistance to available treatments.”
“Drug Combination may be Highly Effective in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer”, ScienceDaily (June 1, 2014),”Significant improvement with the use of a combination drug therapy for recurrent ovarian cancer has been identified by recent research. The trial compared the activity of the combination of the drug olaparib, which blocks DNA repair, and the blood vessel inhibitor drug cediranib, vs. olaparib alone. Trial results showed a near doubling of progression-free survival benefit for the combination therapy over use of the single drug alone.”
“Heredity is not destiny: Breastfeeding, birth control pills may reduce ovarian cancer risk among women with BRCA gene mutations”, ScienceDaily (May 14, 2014), “Breastfeeding, tubal ligation – also known as having one’s “tubes tied” – and oral contraceptives may lower the risk of ovarian cancer for some women with BRCA gene mutations, according to a comprehensive analysis. Though the team cautions that more data are required before definitive conclusions about these variables can be made, the findings help to shed light on non-surgical risk reduction options for women who may not be ready to undergo prophylactic removal of their ovaries to cut their cancer risk.”
“Ovarian cancer cells more aggressive on soft tissues”, ScienceDaily (May 8, 2014), “When ovarian cancer spreads from the ovaries it almost always does so to a layer of fatty tissue that lines the gut. A new study has found that ovarian cancer cells are more aggressive on these soft tissues due to the mechanical properties of this environment. The finding is contrary to what is seen with other malignant cancer cells that seem to prefer stiffer tissues.”
“Irregular Periods May Be Risk Factor for Ovarian Cancer, Study Suggests”, Medline Plus (April 9, 2014), “Preliminary finding might eventually offer clue to which women would benefit from early screening.”
“Common Cancers Evade Detection By Silencing Parts Of Immune System Cells”, ScienceDaily (March 4, 2014), “A set of genes has been identified that appear to predict which tumors can evade detection by the body’s immune system, a step that may enable them to eventually target only the patients most likely to respond best to a new class of treatment.”
"Genetic Cause Of Rare Type Of Ovarian Cancer Discovered”, ScienceDaily (March 23, 2014), “The cause of a rare type of ovarian cancer that most often strikes girls and young women has been uncovered by an international research team, according to a study.”
“New Ovarian Cancer Targets Proposed: Proteins Called TAFs”, ScienceDaily (March 13, 2014), “Proteins called TAFs were once thought to be generic cogs in the machinery of gene expression, but in a new study, scientists propose that they may be important suspects in the progression of ovarian cancer that should not continue to be overlooked.”
“Excess Weight a Risk Factor for Ovarian Cancer”, Medline Plus (March 11, 2014), “Review adds the disease to long list of tumors linked to obesity.”
“Novel Cancer Vaccine Holds Promise Against Ovarian Cancer, Mesothelioma”, ScienceDaily (March 5, 2014), “A novel approach to cancer immunotherapy may provide a new and cost-effective weapon against some of the most deadly tumors, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.”
“Fast, Effective Mechanism To Combat An Aggressive Cancer”, ScienceDaily (February 24, 2014), “A new strategy to tackle an aggressive subtype of ovarian cancer using a new nanoscale drug-delivery system designed to target specific cancer cells has been developed.”
“Preventive Ovarian Surgery Should Be Performed Early For Greatest Benefit; Substantial Mortality Risk Reduction Found”, ScienceDaily (February 24, 2014), “Women with BRCA1 mutations should have preventive ovarian surgery (prophylactic oophorectomy) by age 35, as waiting until a later age appears to increase the risk of ovarian cancer before or at the time of the preventive surgery.”
“Ovarian Cancer Gene May Point to Early Removal of Ovaries”, Medline Plus (February 24, 2014), “In Particular, Women With BRCA1 Mutation Should Have Surgery By Age 35, Researchers Say”
“New Study Shows Promise For Preventing Therapy Resistance In Tumor Cells”, ScienceDaily (January 9, 2014), “A new study suggests that activating the tumor suppressor p53 in normal cells causes them to secrete Par-4, another potent tumor suppressor protein that induces cell death in cancer cells.”
“Researchers Discover Ovarian Cancer Biomarker”, ScienceDaily (January 8, 2014), “Researchers have identified a microRNA biomarker that shows promise in predicting treatment response in the most common form of ovarian cancer – a breakthrough that has the potential to improve outcomes for patients with the disease. ”
"AZ, Merck Announce Licensing Deal for Potential Treatment for Ovarian Cancer", Delaware Business Daily (September 13, 2013),"MK-1775 is designed to cause certain tumor cells to divide without undergoing the normal DNA repair processes, ultimately leading to cell death. Early evidence suggests that the combination of MK-1775 and chemotherapy agents can enhance anti-tumor properties, in comparison to chemotherapy alone."
"Cancer Cells Appear to Change While Moving Throughout Body", ScienceDaily (August 12, 2013), "Scientists now have direct evidence that cancer cells appear to change while moving through the body, at least in ovarian cancer patients. The findings suggest that doctors should treat patients with a combination of drugs: those that kill cancer cells in primary tumors and drugs that target the unique characteristics of cancer cells spreading through the body."
"Engineered Oncolytic Herpes Virus Inhibits Ovarian and Breast Cancer Metastases", ScienceDaily (February 1, 2013), "A genetically reprogrammed Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can cure metastatic diffusion of human cancer cells in the abdomen of laboratory mice, according to a new study."
"DNA Marker Indicates if Ovarian Cancer Treatment will be Successful, Study Suggests", ScienceDaily (April 3, 2012), "Researchers have discovered that blood can help determine the best treatment plan for patients with ovarian cancer."
"New Screening Strategy May Catch Ovarian Cancer at Early Stages", ScienceDaily (August 26, 2013), "A new screening strategy for ovarian cancer appears to be highly specific for detecting the disease before it becomes lethal."
"Stress Triggers Signaling Pathway That Leads to Spread of Ovarian Cancer", Promise - Spring 2013 (MD Anderson newsletter), “MD Anderson scientists have discovered the signaling pathway whereby a master regulator of cancer cell proteins – known as Src – leads to ovarian cancer progression when exposed to stress hormones. Reported in Nature Communications, the study found that beta blocker drugs mitigate this effect and reduce cancer deaths by an average of 17%.”
"Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients", from Mercola.com (May 22, 2013), “The issue of what kind of feminine hygiene products you use is rarely if ever discussed. Yet it’s clearly an important topic for every woman out there."
"Screening Detects Ovarian Cancer Using Neighboring Cells", ScienceDaily (April 22, 2013), “Pioneering biophotonics technology detects the early presence of ovarian cancer in humans by examining cells easily brushed from the neighboring cervix or uterus, not the ovaries themselves. The results have the potential to translate into a minimally invasive early detection method using cells collected by a swab, exactly like a pap smear.”
"Discovery Brings Hope of New Tailor-Made Anti-Cancer Agents", ScienceDaily (April 21, 2013), “Scientists have tailor-made a new chemical compound that blocks a protein that has been linked to poor responses to treatment in cancer patients. The development of the compound, called WEHI-539, is an important step towards the design of a potential new anti-cancer agent.”
“Study Finds No Fertility Drug, Ovarian Cancer Link”, by Kerry Grens, Reuters Health (April 10, 2013), “Despite lingering concerns that using fertility drugs might raise a woman's chances for later developing ovarian cancer, new research suggests the drugs don't contribute any added risk."
“Two-Step Ovarian Cancer Immunotherapy Made From Patients' Own Tumor Benefits Three Quarters of Trial Patients”, ScienceDaily (April 7, 2013), “As many as three quarters of advanced ovarian cancer patients appeared to respond to a new two-step immunotherapy approach -- including one patient who achieved complete remission -- according to new research.”
“Engineered T Cells Kill Tumors but Spare Normal Tissue in an Animal Model”, ScienceDaily (April 7, 2013), “Researchers devised a next gen cancer immune approach in which the activation signal for T cells is physically dissociated from a second costimulatory signal for immune cells. The two CARs carry different antigen specificity -- mesothelin and a-folate receptor. Mesothelin is primarily associated with mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, and a-folate receptor with ovarian cancer.”
“New DNA Sequences Home in on Breast, Ovarian Cancer Risk”, ScienceDaily (March 20, 2013), “Researchers have identified new DNA sequences associated with breast cancer -- the most common cancer among women, with an average risk of developing the disease of 10 percent -- and ovarian cancer, the most common cause of death from gynecological cancers in the U.S. The findings will help reveal the underlying causes of these diseases and help researchers build better risk models to support new prevention strategies.”
"Origin of Aggressive Ovarian Cancer Discovered", ScienceDaily (March 6, 2013), "Researchers have discovered a likely origin of epithelial ovarian cancer (ovarian carcinoma), the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States."
"Protein That May Control the Spread of Cancer Discovered", ScienceDaily (February 26, 2013), "Researchers have uncovered a novel mechanism that may lead to more selective ways to stop cancer cells from spreading. Cancer biologists have identified the role of the protein RSK2 in cancer cell migration, part of the process of cancer metastasis."
"BRCA mutation carriers have little long-term survival benefit with ovarian cancer, researchers say", ScienceDaily (February 14, 2013), "Researchers studied the long-term survival of women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation who were diagnosed with invasive ovarian cancer. They found that the short-term benefit to having either mutation does not lead to a long-term survival benefit."
"Deep genomic analysis identifies a micro RNA opponent for ovarian cancer", ScienceDaily (February 11, 2013), "Researchers employed an extensive analysis of genomic information to identify a new, high-risk cohort of ovarian cancer patients, characterize their tumors, find a potential treatment and test it in mouse models of the disease."
"Study prompts rethink of how ovaries develop", ScienceDaily (February 11, 2013), "New research will rewrite the textbooks on how an ovary is formed, as well as providing new insights into women's health and fertility."
"Two-step immunotherapy attacks advanced ovarian cancer", ScienceDaily (January 31, 2013), "Most ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed with late stage disease that is unresponsive to existing therapies. In a new study, researchers show that a two-step personalized immunotherapy treatment -- a dendritic cell vaccine using patients' own tumor followed by adoptive T cell therapy -- triggers anti-tumor immune responses in these type of patients."
"New method to diagnose hereditary breast and ovarian cancer", ScienceDaily (January 16, 2013), "Researchers have developed and validated a new method to diagnose hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome based on mass sequencing of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The model is based on a genetic and bioinformatic analysis which has been proved very effective."
"Common Diabetes Drug May Treat Ovarian Cancer", ScienceDaily (December 3, 2012), "Diabetic patients with ovarian cancer who took the drug metformin for their diabetes had a better survival rate than patients who did not take it, a study headed by Mayo Clinic shows. The findings, published early online in the journal Cancer, may play an important role for researchers as they study the use of existing medications to treat different or new diseases."
"Novel Mechanism Through Which Normal Stromal Cells Become Cancer-Promoting Stromal Cells Identified", ScienceDaily (November 21, 2012), "New understanding of molecular changes that convert harmless cells surrounding ovarian cancer cells into cells that promote tumor growth and metastasis provides potential new therapeutic targets for this deadly disease, according to data published in Cancer Discovery, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research."
"Squeezing Ovarian Cancer Cells to Predict Metastatic Potential: Cell Stiffness as Possible Biomarker", ScienceDaily (October 20, 2012), "New Georgia Tech research shows that cell stiffness could be a valuable clue for doctors as they search for and treat cancerous cells before they're able to spread."
"Aspirin May Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer", by Christine Kearney, Medical News Today (October 10, 2012), "Women who use aspirin on a regular basis have a lower risk of developing serous ovarian cancer...".
"New Chemotherapy Strategy Emerges in Ovarian Cancer", by Anita T. Shaffer, on OncLive.com (September 24, 2012), "A study evaluating first-line chemotherapy dosing strategies for treating patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer has delivered practice-changing findings...".
"Researchers Find Possible Key to Regulation of Ovarian Cancer Stem Cells", ScienceDaily (September 27, 2012), "Evidence suggests that cancer stem cells are responsible for cancer initiation, progression, metastasis, chemoresistance and relapse."
"Ovarian Cancer Screening: Simple Two-Minute Questionnaire That Checks for Six Warning Signs May Lead to Better Early Detection", ScienceDaily (September 21, 2012), Read how this simple questionnaire could help with early detection of ovarian cancer.
"Lack of Oxygen in Cancer Cells Leads to Growth and Metastasis", ScienceDaily (September 13, 2012), "It seems as if a tumor deprived of oxygen would shrink. However, numerous studies have shown that tumor hypoxia, in which portions of the tumor have significantly low oxygen concentrations, is in fact linked with more aggressive tumor behavior and poorer prognosis."
"U.S. Panel Rejects Ovarian Cancer Screens for Low-Risk Women", HealthDay News (September 10, 2012), "A leading U.S. government panel has recommended against ovarian cancer screening for women who are not at high risk for the disease."
"Ovarian Cancer Cells Hijack Surrounding Tissues to Enhance Tumor Growth, ScienceDaily (September 4, 2012), Tumor growth is dependent on interactions between cancer cells and adjacent normal tissue, or stoma. Stromal cells can stimulate the growth of tumor cells.
"Project Achilles Pinpoints Vulnerabilities in Ovarian Cancer; Genome-Scale Study of 100 Cell Lines Reveals Cancers' Dependencies", ScienceDaily (July 11, 2011), Researchers examined the cells of 100 tumors, including 25 ovarian cancer tumors to find weak spots in genes upon which cancer depends.
"Discovery May Lead to Turning Back the Clock On Ovarian Cancer", ScienceDaily (Feb. 11, 2011), "Cancer researchers have discovered that a type of regulatory RNA may be effective in fighting ovarian cancer."
"First-Of-Its-Kind Approach Nanomedicine Design Effectively Targets Cancer With Decreased Toxicity", ScienceDaily (July 10, 2012), Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) are the first to report a new approach that integrates rational drug design with supramolecular nanochemistry in cancer treatment."
"Single Antibody Shrinks Variety of Human Tumors Transplanted into Mice, Study Shows", by Krista Conger on Stanford School of Medicine website.
"A Better Diet for Ovarian Cancer Patients", by Kristen Stewart on EverydayHealth.com. "Ovarian cancer patients must eat to keep up their strength. These foods and cooking methods can help." Read more by clicking the title link.
"Is it Ovarian Cancer or IBS?", by Kristen Stewart on EverydayHealth.com. "Ovarian cancer and irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, share many symptoms. Learn why the wrong diagnosis may be made." Read more by clicking the title link.
"Endometriosis Could Raise Risk of 3 Ovarian Cancers", by Kristen Stewart on EverydayHealth.com (02/22/2012). "Increased screening advised for women with uterine disorder, study says." Read more by clicking the title link.
"Ovarian Cancer and Asbestos Exposure", From Pleural Mesothelioma.com.
"Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Give Patients Hope", Check out the video or read about this important breakthrough at CBS.
"ASCO: Ovarian Ca Recurrence Yields to PARP Inhibitor", by Charles Bankhead (06/09/2011) from medpagetoday.com.
"ASCO: Abagovomab No Help in Ovarian Cancer", by Ed Susman (06/08/2011) from medpagetoday.com
"Researchers Closing in on Ovarian Cancer Screening Method", by Catherine Donaldson-Evans (05/21/2010) on AOLHealth.com
"Study Suggests Adding Spices to Meat Cuts Cancer Risk", by Catherine Donaldson-Evans (05/21/2010) on AOLHealth.com
"CA-125 Change Over Time Shows Promise as Screening Tool for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer", MD Anderson News Release (05/20/2010) on mdanderson.org
"Curcumin Pretreatment Helps Destroy Ovarian Cancer Cells", submitted by Kathleen Blanchard RN (05/03/2010) on EmaxHealth.com
"Flaxseed-Fed Chickens Shed Light on Ovarian Cancer", Science Daily (May 11, 2010), on ScienceDaily.com
"Curcumin Induces Chemo/Radio-Sensitization in Ovarian Cancer Cells and Curcumin Nanoparticles Inhibit Ovarian Cancer Cell Growth", from the Journal of Ovarian Research (03/11/2010), Yallapu et al.
"MCP: Researchers Reveal Potential Biomarker for Ovarian Cancer", press release courtesy of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, on asbmb.org
“New method shrinks metastatic ovarian cancer and reduces chemotherapy dose”, ScienceDaily (February 2, 2015), “New research may eventually help improve the five-year survival rate of ovarian cancer patients by describing a new way of shrinking ovarian cancer tumors while also simultaneously improving drug delivery, scientists report. ” (NEW)
“Cancer-killing virus plus chemotherapy drug might treat recurrent ovarian cancer”, ScienceDaily (November 13, 2014), “In six out of 10 cases, ovarian cancer is diagnosed when the disease is advanced and five-year survival is only 27 percent. A new study suggests that a cancer-killing virus combined with a chemotherapy drug might safely and effectively treat advanced or recurrent forms of the disease.” (NEW)
“Ovarian cancer patients may benefit from pelvic radiotherapy”, ScienceDaily (November 18, 2014), “Pelvic radiotherapy (RT) may help treat a rare form of ovarian cancer that can recur in women after surgery and chemotherapy, researchers report. The study evaluated 56 patients with ovarian clear cell adenocarcinoma (CCA), an aggressive form of ovarian cancer that is more likely to be resistant to chemotherapy and to have a poorer prognosis than other forms of this disease.” (NEW)
“Olaparib shows success in tumor response rate for patients with BRCA-related cancers”, ScienceDaily (November 6, 2014), “Olaparib, an experimental twice-daily oral cancer drug, produces an overall tumor response rate of 26 percent in several advanced cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, according to new research. The positive response provides new hope for patients with ovarian, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers whose conditions have not responded to standard therapies.” (NEW)
“Ovarian cancer: New test can help doctors choose best treatment”, ScienceDaily (October 15, 2014), “A new test to help doctors diagnose ovarian tumors and choose the most appropriate treatment has been devised by researchers. Successful treatment depends in part on accurately identifying the type of tumor, but this can be difficult. The new test can discriminate between benign and malignant tumors, and identify different types of malignant tumor, with a high level of accuracy.” (NEW)
“Ovarian cancer often arises from precursor endometriosis“, By: BRUCE JANCIN, Oncology Practice Digital Network (October 2, 2014), “Mounting evidence suggests that identification and complete surgical removal of endometriosis reduce the risk of several histologic types of ovarian cancer. So when a woman visits her primary care physician for pelvic pain or vaginal bleeding that might be due to endometrial pathology, or a general surgeon finds asymptomatic endometriosis during pelvic surgery, these encounters provide an opportunity for preventive intervention...” (NEW)
“Genetic pathway can slow spread of ovarian cancer”, ScienceDaily (June 17, 2014), “Research into the origins of ovarian cancer has led to the discovery of a genetic pathway that could slow the spread of the cancer. The discovery is in part due to research into the genetics of humans' most distant mammalian relative, the platypus.”
“More patients with ovarian cancer are receiving chemotherapy before surgery”, ScienceDaily (May 30, 2014), “The use of chemotherapy before surgery to remove ovarian cancer has increased dramatically in recent decades, particularly among certain patients, according to a new analysis. Having government-run health insurance -- Medicaid or Medicare -- also increased a woman's odds of undergoing chemotherapy before surgery. In contrast, race and location did not appear to influence her likelihood of receiving neoadjuvant therapy.”
“Significant side effects experienced by BRCA mutation carriers following cancer risk-reducing surgical procedure”, ScienceDaily (May 30, 2014), “The majority of women with cancer causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations experience sexual dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, cognitive and stress issues, and poor sleep following prophylactic removal of their Fallopian tubes and ovaries -- a procedure known as risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) -- according to results of a new study."
“Few women at high-risk for hereditary breast, ovarian cancer receive genetic counseling”, ScienceDaily (May 8, 2014), “Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes account for nearly 25 percent of hereditary breast cancers and most hereditary ovarian cancers, yet a study by cancer prevention and control researchers suggests an alarmingly small amount of women who qualify for BRCA genetic counseling actually receive the services. Additionally, they found that a significant proportion of women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer underestimate their risk.”
“Glutamine ratio is key ovarian cancer indicator”, ScienceDaily (May 5, 2014). “An analysis of the metabolic profiles of hundreds of ovarian tumors has revealed a new method for tailoring treatments for ovarian cancer and for assessing whether ovarian cancer cells have the potential to metastasize.”
“Decreasing chemoresistance in ovarian cancer”, ScienceDaily (May 2, 2014), “Inhibiting enzymes that cause changes in gene expression could decrease chemotherapy resistance in ovarian cancer patients, researchers say.“
“Potential new strategy to treat ovarian cancer discovered”, ScienceDaily (April 28, 2014), “A potential new strategy to treat ovarian cancer has been identified by researchers. Recently developed drugs have increased patient survival rates by targeting a tumor's blood vessels that supply essential nutrients and oxygen to cancer cells.”
“Attacking cancer indirectly: Generating immunity against tumor vessel protein in mouse study”, ScienceDaily (April 25, 2014), “A novel DNA vaccine is being trialed to kill cancer, not by attacking tumor cells, but targeting the blood vessels that keep them alive. The vaccine also indirectly creates an immune response to the tumor itself, amplifying the attack by a phenomenon called epitope spreading.”
“Potential Target For Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Treatment Identified”, ScienceDaily (April 7, 2014), “Researchers who are investigating the biological mechanisms behind metastatic epithelial ovarian cancer recently found that an enzyme called focal adhesive kinase (FAK) can play a critical -- and previously unstudied -- role in the growth and spread of the disease.”
“Father's Age At Birth May Affect Daughter's Cancer Risk”, ScienceDaily(April 7, 2014), “A parent’s age at birth, particularly a father’s age, may affect the adult-onset cancer risk for daughters — especially for breast cancer.”
“Scaffolding Protein Promotes Growth, Metastases Of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer”, ScienceDaily (April 6, 2014), “A scaffolding protein responsible for regulating signaling pathways in the cell promotes the growth and spread of epithelial ovarian cancer, research has determined.”
“Combining Cell Replication Blocker With Common Cancer Drug Kills Resistant Tumor Cells“, ScienceDaily (April 4, 2014), “Researchers have found that an agent that inhibits mitochondrial division can overcome tumor cell resistance to a commonly used cancer drug, and that the combination of the two induces rapid and synergistic cell death. Separately, neither had an effect."
“Disease-Free Survival Estimates For Ovarian Cancer Improve Over Time”, ScienceDaily (April 4, 2014), “The probability of staying disease-free improves dramatically for ovarian cancer patients who already have been disease-free for a period of time, and time elapsed since remission should be taken into account when making follow-up care decisions, according to a study. This measure is known as conditional disease-free survival.”
“Uncommon Genetic Variations May Contribute To Ovarian Cancer Risk”, ScienceDaily (April 4, 2014), “Variations in a woman’s genome may contribute to her risk of developing ovarian cancer. Researchers have discovered uncommon variants in new regions of the genome that influence ovarian cancer risk.”
“Jamming A Protein Signal Forces Cancer Cells To Devour Themselves”, ScienceDaily (April 3, 2014), “Inhibiting cancer-promoting prolactin causes unconventional cell death in preclinical research, a study shows."
“Targeted Treatment For Ovarian Cancer Discovered”, ScienceDaily (February 19, 2014), “Researchers have developed a biologic drug that would prevent the production of a protein known to allow ovarian cancer cells to grow aggressively while being resistant to chemotherapy.”
“Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in Women”, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (February 18, 2014), A "final recommendation statement" by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force."
“Best Drug For Ovarian Cancer Picked With Use Of Genetics”, ScienceDaily (February 18, 2014), “There are three common drugs for advanced ovarian cancer: paclitaxel, cyclophosphamide, and topotecan. Like a shell game, if you pick the right drug a patient is likely to respond. And, unfortunately, picking the wrong drug can lead to treatment failure. A sophisticated model of ovarian cancer genetics was used to match the right tumor with the right drug in a recent study. Patients who were matched in this way lived an average 21 months longer than patients who were not matched.”
“Regular Aspirin Use May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk: Study”, ScienceDaily (February 6, 2014), “Women who take aspirin daily may reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by 20 percent, according to a study. However, further research is needed before clinical recommendations can be made.”
“One In Five Women With Ovarian Cancer Has Inherited Predisposition”, ScienceDaily (January 22, 2014), “A new study conservatively estimates that one in five women with ovarian cancer has inherited genetic mutations that increase the risk of the disease.”
"Biological Therapy Improves Survival in Women with Recurrent Ovarian Cancer", ScienceDaily (September 30, 2013), "Women with ovarian cancer that has recurred after chemotherapy have survived longer after treatment with a biological therapy called cediranib, according to new results to be presented at the 2013 European Cancer Congress."
"Women can Lower Their Risk for Gynecologic Cancer", ScienceDaily (September 16, 2013), "From losing weight to knowing their family history, there are several things women can do to lower their risk of developing certain types of cancer, and improve their chances for survival if they do develop one of them."
"Versatile microRNAs Choke off Cancer Blood Supply, Suppress Metastasis", ScienceDaily (September 11, 2013), "A family of microRNAs blocks cancer progression and metastasis by stifling a tumor’s ability to weave new blood vessels to support itself, researchers have reported."
"Some Immune Cells Appear to Aid Cancer Cell Growth", ScienceDaily (September 5, 2013), "The immune system is normally known for protecting the body from illness. But a subset of immune cells appear to be doing more harm than good."
"Modified Chemotherapy Regimen Effective in Advanced Ovarian Cancer", National Cancer Institute (August 26, 2013), "Women with advanced ovarian cancer lived longer overall and longer without their tumors growing after receiving a modified regimen of a standard chemotherapy drug combination, Japanese researchers have reported."
"New Hope for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer", Medline Plus (August 26, 2013), "Blood test combined with ultrasound exam may help doctors catch the 'silent killer' early."
"Large Study Reveals Increased Cancer Risks Associated with Family History of the Disease", ScienceDaily (July 24, 2013), "A family history of cancer increases the risk of other members of the family developing not only the same cancer but also a different (discordant) cancer, according to a large study of 23,000 people in Italy and Switzerland."
"Cancer Researchers Discover how BRCA Mutation Starts Breast, Ovarian Cancers", ScienceDaily (July 15, 2013), "Scentists have solved a key piece in the puzzle of how BRCA1 gene mutations specifically predispose women to breast and ovarian cancers."
"The Pill Tied to Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk", MedLinePlus (June 6, 2013), By Genevra Pittman, NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – “Women who use birth control pills are less likely to develop ovarian cancer later in life, a new analysis of past studies suggests.”
"Newly Discovered Hormone Makes Ovaries Grow", ScienceDaily (May 30, 2013), “A newly discovered hormone produced by the eggs of human females may improve the effectiveness of current fertility treatments for women and possibly lead to entirely new treatments altogether. Researchers have identified a new hormone called "R-spondin2" that promotes follicle development and stimulates ovary growth.”
"How Gold Nanoparticles Can Help Fight Ovarian Cancer", ScienceDaily (May 21, 2013), “Positively charged gold nanoparticles are usually toxic to cells, but cancer cells somehow manage to avoid nanoparticle toxicity. Researchers found out why and determined how to make the nanoparticles effective against ovarian cancer cells.”
"Markers Related to Ovarian Cancer Survival and Recurrence Identified", ScienceDaily (April 30, 2013), “Animal sciences researchers have identified biomarkers that are used to determine ovarian cancer survival and recurrence and shown how the interactions between these biomarkers affect these outcomes.”
“New Type of Experimental Drug Active in Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancers”, ScienceDaily (April 7, 2013), “The antibody-drug conjugate DMUC5754A, a novel member of a relatively new class of drugs, showed activity in women with ovarian cancer, even those with hard-to-treat, platinum-resistant disease, in a phase I trial.”
“Targeted Toxin Active in Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancers”, ScienceDaily (April 7, 2013), ”Researchers have found that a novel antibody-guided drug achieves responses in platinum drug-resistant ovarian cancer.”
“Experimental Vaccine Shows Promise for Ovarian Cancer”, HealthDay News (April 6, 2013), “A novel but preliminary new treatment for ovarian cancer has apparently produced complete remission for one patient with an advanced form of the disease, researchers are reporting.”
“Five Genetic Variations Increase Risk of Ovarian Cancer”, ScienceDaily (March 27, 2013), “Scientists have found five new regions of the human genome that are linked to increased risks for developing ovarian cancer.”
“Functional Ovarian Tissue Engineered in Lab”, ScienceDaily (March 26, 2013), “Proof-of-concept study suggests the possibility of engineering artificial ovaries in the lab to provide a more natural option for hormone replacement therapy for women.”
“Many Ovarian Cancer Patients Denied by-the-Book Care, Study Says”, HealthDay News (March 11, 2013), “Nearly two-thirds of ovarian cancer patients don't receive recommended treatment that could extend their lives, U.S. researchers have found. Result: They're 30 percent more likely to die over five-year span, researchers find.”
"Bathing Abdomen in Chemotherapy Gives Ovarian Cancer Patients Better Chance of Survival", ScienceDaily (March 9, 2013), "A recent study suggests that patients with advanced ovarian cancer who undergo intensive treatment with chemotherapy that bathes the abdomen are significantly more likely to live longer than those who receive standard intravenous (IV) chemotherapy."
"Breakthrough in ovarian cancer: Selumetinib", ScienceDaily (February 14, 2013), "Researchers have discovered that many women with low-grade serous carcinoma of the ovary or peritoneum have seen their tumors stabilize or shrink after taking a regular dose of the compound selumetinib."
"Nanotech'ed RNA drug reduces ovarian cancer tumors by 83 percent", ScienceDaily (February 12, 2013), "By loading fragile RNA into silicon nanoparticles, researchers have found a new drug delivery system can reduce the size of ovarian tumors by as much as 83 percent -- and stop tumor growth in chemotherapy-resistant ovarian cancer tissue."
"DNA-repairing protein may be key to preventing recurrence of some cancers", ScienceDaily (January 28, 2013), "Just as the body can become resistant to antibiotics, certain methods of killing cancer tumors can end up creating resistant tumor cells. But a professor has found a protein present in several types of cancer, including breast and ovarian cancer, which could be helpful in preventing tumors from coming back."
"High blood calcium levels may indicate ovarian cancer", ScienceDaily (January 23, 2013), "A new study reports that high blood calcium levels might predict of ovarian cancer, the most fatal of the gynecologic cancers."
"Study shows promise of molecular screening for gynecologic cancers, commentary writers state", ScienceDaily (January 9, 2013), "A new study that proposes a three-in-one test for gynecologic cancers underscores the promise of molecular screening for early detection of endometrial and ovarian cancers, but also suggests that such tests are not yet ready for clinical use. Andrea Myers, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a co-author of the commentary on the study, says the test is an important step in that direction."
"Fluid from Pap test used to detect ovarian, endometrial cancers", by Julie Steenhuysen, (January 9, 2013) - CHICAGO (Reuters) - "Using cervical fluid collected from routine Pap smears, U.S. researchers were able to spot genetic changes caused by both ovarian and endometrial cancers, offering promise for a new kind of screening test for these deadly cancers. Experts say that although the test has tremendous potential, it is still years from widespread use. But if proven effective with more testing, it would fill a significant void."
"Natalie Cosman, 8-Year Old Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer, Is Now Cancer-Free", by Sara Gates, from The Huffington Post (September 17, 2012), read this heartwarming story about a little girl's ovarian cancer diagnosis and fight to beat ovarian cancer. It is notable that the statement, "Now, more and more cases are coming up with little girls." is made in this article. Parents and health care providers need to keep that in mind.
"Discovery Leads to New Hope Against Ovarian Cancer", ScienceDaily (October 3, 2012), "Scientists at USC have discovered a new type of drug for the treatment of ovarian cancer that works in a way that should not only decrease the number of doses that patients need to take, but also may make it effective for patients whose cancer has become drug-resistant."
"Treating Ovarian Cancer: New Pathways Through Genetics", ScienceDaily (September 24, 2012), "A new discovery that sheds light on the genetic make up of ovarian cancer cells could explain why some women survive longer than others with this deadly disease."
"Study Reveals Genomic Similarities Between Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer", NIH News (September 23, 2012), "One subtype of breast cancer shares many genetic features with high-grade serous ovarian cancer, a cancer that is very difficult to treat, according to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health."
"PARP Inhibitors May Have Clinical Utility in HER2-Positive Breast Cancers", ScienceDaily (September 17, 2012), "Poly (ADP-Ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, shown to have clinical activity when used alone in women with familial breast and ovarian cancers linked to BRCA mutations, may be a novel treatment strategy in women with HER2-positive breast cancers."
"Mechanisms of Acquired Chemoresistance in Ovarian Cancer Identified", ScienceDaily (April 15, 2012), Multiple ovarian cancer genomes in an individual patient and the absence or downregulation of the gene LRP1B associated with development of chemoresistance in women with the high-grade serous cancer subtype of ovarian cancer whose disease recurs after primary treatment.
"New Treatment Option to Reduce Metastasis in Ovarian Cancer", ScienceDaily (January 26, 2011), "A paper published January issue of the journal Nanomedicine could provide the foundation for a new ovarian cancer treatment option -- one that would use an outside-the-body filtration device to remove a large portion of the free-rotating cancer cells that often create secondary tumors."
"Glow-in-the-Dark Cells Help Find Ovarian Cancer", New study sheds light on how doctors can look at ovarian tumors. (click title to watch this video on CBS.com)
"Awareness Effort Raises Profile of Ovarian Cancer", Local ovarian cancer story on CNN Health Minute
By Val Willingham, CNN Medical Producer
Watch the ABC News video, "Cancer Breakthrough".
Read the CBS News article, "Ovarian Cancer Tied to Fertility Treatments: Cause for Alarm?", by Ryan Jaslow.
"Screening Does Not Reduce Deaths from Ovarian Cancer for the General Population", from cancer.net (05/18/2011).
"Long-Term Treatment with Olaparib May Help Treat Recurrent Ovarian Cancer", from cancer.net.
"Cabozantinib Helps Manage Several Advanced Cancers and Shrink Bone Metastases "(05/18/2011), from cancer.net.
"Genetic Variations Identify Patients Sensitive to Nerve Damage from Chemotherapy"(05/18/2011), from cancer.net.
"OCRF Researchers Identify 5 Gene Variants Linked to Ovarian Cancer", Duke University Medical Center News Release (09/19/2010) on OCRF.org
"OCRF Research Finds microRNA Regulates Cancer Stem Cells", (11/08/2010) on OCRF.org
"OCRF Funded Research Finds Protein Boosts Creation of Ovarian Cancer Blood Vessels", adapted from the MD Anderson Press Release (11/04/2010), on OCRF.org
"OCRF Research Identifies Potential New Target for Ovarian Cancer", adapted from the MD Anderson Press Release (11/02/2010), on OCRF.org
"OCRF Researcher Suggests Caution During Estrogen Replacement Therapy", UC Denver Press Release (10/25/2010) on OCRF.org
"OCRF Researcher Uses Nanoparticles to Target Tumor Vessels", (10/28/2010) on OCRF.org
"Research News: Researchers Find Genes Linked to Clear-Cell Ovarian Cancer", adapted from Reuters (09/09/2010) on OCRF.org