OCRF & Ovarian Cancer National Alliance are now one strong, united, inspiring voice!
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) have led the way in advocacy, research and support for patients and their families for over 22 years. As of January 2016, we are pleased to announce we are joining together to form Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. Read the exciting news!

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Ovarian Cancer News from ASCO

(June 5, 2015) The Society of Gynecologic Oncology has posted three short videos on YouTube that highlight some of the ovarian cancer research findings presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting last week. Click here to watch the videos, which highlight the results of a number... 

Whole-Genome Characterization of Chemoresistant Ovarian Cancer

(May 28, 2015) In an effort to study treatment options for high-grade serous ovarian cancer, scientists from the University of Queensland and Sydney’s Millennium Institute collected DNA from 92 patients to find out what makes those cells so resistant to chemotherapy.  OCRF Scientific Advisory Committee... 

Chemo Before Surgery Leads to Better Outcomes

(May 28, 2015) A recent study performed in the UK and New Zealand revealed that having chemotherapy treatments before and after surgery is associated with a higher quality of life when compared to those who undergo surgery before chemotherapy. The study, which included 550 women with Stage III or IV... 

New Screening Approach Shows Promise

(May 5, 2015) Data from a large clinical trial shows that a personalized method for interpreting blood tests identifies more ovarian cancer cases than a generalized approach. The results from the study will be published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Using an algorithm to analyze changes in the... 

Oophorectomy Increases Breast Cancer Survival in BRCA1 Mutation Carriers

(April 29, 2015) A study published in JAMA Oncology last Saturday concluded that an oophorectomy, the surgery to remove ones ovaries, has a substantial impact on survival rates for those diagnosed with stage I or II breast cancer who also tested positive for the BRCA1 mutation. Involved in the study... 

New Recommendations for Ovarian Cancer Prevention

(April 16, 2015) The Society of Gynecologic Oncology has published recommendations for prevention of ovarian cancer in Cancer.  Strategies include oral contraceptive use and tubal sterilization, as well as genetic counseling and testing for women from high-risk families. Read the abstract here.  MORE

BRCA Cancer Risk Differs With Type and Location of Mutations

(April 15, 2015) Doctors have long recognized that women with mutations in two particular genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2 – have a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Now they are starting to figure out which mutations are worse than others. They have even discovered that some of these mutations may... 

Rucaparib Receives Breakthrough Therapy Designation from FDA

(April 14, 2015) The FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation to rucaparib as monotherapy for patients with advanced ovarian cancer. Rucaparib is an oral, small-molecule PARP inhibitor developed for the treatment of platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, specifically in patients with tumors that have... 

OCRF Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Research Grants

We are now accepting letters of intent for all research grants. LOIs are due May 8, 2015. Click here for more information.  MORE

Microenvironment Regulates Tumor Suppressor miRNA

Ernst Lengyel, MD, PhD (April 2, 2015) According to a study published in the journal Oncogene, the tumor microenvironment can regulate tumor suppressor miRNA in ovarian cancer cells. The direct interaction of the ovarian cancer cells with mesothelial cells, which cover the surface of the omentum, caused...