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For Breast Cancer Patients With BRCA1 Gene, Removing Ovaries Might Lower Death Risk

April 24, 2015

Actress and activist Angelina Jolie made news last month when she announced she had her ovaries removed — after undergoing a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 — because she is a carrier of BRCA, a genetic mutation that greatly increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.


Genes Linked to Breast, Ovarian Cancers Act Differently in Each Woman: Study

April 7, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who carry mutations in certain genes face a much higher risk of breast and ovarian cancers, but the impact varies depending on the type and location of the mutation, new research finds.
Film star Angelina Jolie, who carries a BRCA1 mutation, weighed that risk last […]


Report Shows Progress in America’s War on Cancer

March 30, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — America is making slow but steady progress against cancer, with a continuing decline in cancer deaths, according to a new report.
The overall cancer death rate fell an average 1.5 percent per year between 2002 and 2011, representing improved survival for men, women and children, the […]


Progress in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer

March 30, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine and a drug already on the market each may help slow down advanced ovarian cancer, two new studies suggest.
In one, of just 31 patients, researchers found that adding the vaccine to standard treatment staved off a recurrence in women who had advanced-stage […]


Progress Reported in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer

March 28, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine and a drug already on the market each may help slow down advanced ovarian cancer, two new studies suggest.
In one, of just 31 patients, researchers found that adding the vaccine to standard treatment staved off a recurrence in women who had advanced-stage […]


Angelina Jolie’s Choice Not Uncommon for Women With Cancer Gene

March 24, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Angelina Jolie’s decision to talk about the removal of her ovaries has brought new public attention to what is actually standard preventive care for women whose genetics dramatically increase their risk of ovarian cancer, experts say.
In a column published Tuesday in the New York […]


More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago

February 19, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Survival rates are improving for many people with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon or rectum, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages, a new study reports.
Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States, but advances in radiation, […]


Study Ties Hormone Therapy to Increased Ovarian Cancer Risk

February 12, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who use hormone therapy after menopause — even for just a few years — may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to new research.
The new study found that when women used hormone replacement therapy for less than five years after menopause, the […]


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 […]



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