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FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to identify patients eligible to receive the drug.
Lynparza (olaparib) belongs to a new class of drugs called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. The drug is for women who […]


Phone Counseling Helps Rural Women With Cancer Gene Tests

November 11, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Telephone counseling on genetic testing is as effective as in-person counseling for women at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer, a new study finds.
While in-person genetic counseling is available for many women in cities, that’s typically not the case for women in rural areas, the researchers noted.
This […]


Potential Upside of Lactose Intolerance: Lower Cancer Rates

November 10, 2014

People who are lactose-intolerant may be less likely to develop certain types of cancer, a new study suggests.


The Crazy Way Tampons Could Help Detect Ovarian Cancer

October 8, 2014

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.


‘Generally Reassuring’ Findings on Fertility Drugs, Women’s Cancers

July 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Use of fertility drugs doesn’t appear to increase a woman’s long-term risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers, new research indicates.
The findings are “generally reassuring,” said study co-author Dr. Humberto Scoccia, of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Still, he urged that women who use fertility drugs be […]


‘Generally Reassuring’ Findings on Fertility Drugs, Women’s Cancers

July 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Use of fertility drugs doesn’t appear to increase a woman’s long-term risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers, new research indicates.
The findings are “generally reassuring,” said study co-author Dr. Humberto Scoccia, of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Still, he urged that women who use fertility drugs be […]


Most Women Don’t Need Regular Pelvic Exams, New Guidelines State

July 1, 2014

The annual pelvic exam has long been a routine part of women’s health care, but new guidelines say there’s no good reason for it.


Pair of Pills Shows Promise for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

May 31, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, May 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A combination of two new pills may nearly double the length of survival for patients with recurrent ovarian cancer, according to preliminary clinical trial results.
The therapy combines the drugs olaparib and cediranib. It provided nearly 18 months of progression-free survival on average, as opposed […]


Cheaper ‘Gene Panel’ Screening May Reveal Cancer Risks

April 14, 2014

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study found that 10 percent of women with a personal or family history of breast or other cancers had at least one gene mutation that would lead their doctors to recommend changes in their routine care, including increased cancer screening.
These women did not have BRCA1 or […]


Irregular Periods May Be Risk Factor for Ovarian Cancer, Study Suggests

April 10, 2014

Women with irregular menstrual cycles may have more than double the risk of ovarian cancer compared to women who have regular monthly periods, new research suggests.




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