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Palliative Care Consultation Improves Symptoms in Gynecologic Cancer Patients

A new study published in Gynecologic Oncology found that palliative care consultation is associated with improvement in symptom burden, the majority of which occurs within one day of consultation. Palliative care (or treatment) relieves symptoms such as pain, and reduces the suffering caused by cancer.... 

FDA Approves Olaparib for Ovarian Cancer

(December 19, 2014) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AstraZeneca’s Olaparib (Lynparza) for advanced, BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer, the first approval of a drug in the PARP (poly ADP-ribose polymerase) inhibitor class. The FDA also approved Myriad Genetics’ BRACAnalysis... 

OCRF Research Shows Targeting microRNA May Benefit Some Ovarian Cancer Patients

(December 10, 2014) OCRF Ann Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award Grantee, Pradeep Chaluvally-Raghavan, Ph.D., and other researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center believe they may have found a molecule-based approach to halting the destructive nature of a genetic misfire called... 

Population Screening for BRCA Mutations in Ashkenazi Jewish Women is Cost-Effective

Population-based testing for BRCA 1/2 gene mutations detects the high proportion of carriers not identified by cancer family history (FH)-based testing. A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute compared the cost-effectiveness of population-based BRCA testing with the standard... 

FDA Approves Genentech’s Avastin Plus Chemotherapy to Treat Women With Platinum-Resistant Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Avastin® (bevacizumab) in combination with chemotherapy for the treatment of women with platinum-resistant, recurrent ovarian cancer. The approval was based on results from a study that showed... 

Bevacizumab Plus Fosbretabulin Improves Progression-Free Survival in Ovarian Cancer Patients

The combination of the antiangiogenesis drug bevacizumab and the vascular-disrupting agent fosbretabulin is superior to bevacizumab alone in the treatment of recurrent ovarian, tubal, and peritoneal cancer, according to an oral presentation made at the biennial meeting of the International Gynecologic... 

Amgen Ovarian Cancer Drug Fails to Improve Overall Survival

Amgen Inc said its experimental ovarian cancer drug did not show statistically significant improvement in overall survival rate in a late-stage trial. Patients given the drug, trebananib, along with a chemotherapy agent paclitaxel, experienced overall survival of 19.3 months, compared with 18.3 months... 

Diet May Influence Ovarian Cancer Survival

According to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a good diet before diagnosis is linked with lower mortality among ovarian cancer survivors. Researchers analyzed data from 636 cases of ovarian cancer among postmenopausal women within the Women’s Health Initiative... 

Use of Intensive Medical Services for Ovarian Cancer Patients at End of Life Increases Despite Rise in Use of Hospice

There have been widespread efforts to improve the quality of life of terminally ill patients. As more patients choose to spend their final days and weeks in hospice care rather than a hospital, the hope is the use of intensive and costly hospital services would decline. A large new study by Dana-Farber... 

Telomere Length and Mortality Following An Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

Telomeres are essential for the maintenance of chromosomal integrity. Telomere shortening leads to genomic instability, which is hypothesized to play a role in cancer development and prognosis. New data published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, provide preliminary evidence that telomere...