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ACOG issues guidelines for hereditary cancer screening
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Risk assessment for hereditary cancer is the key to identifying patients and families who may be at increased risk of developing certain types of gynecologic cancer, according to a new committee opinion from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). The guidelines, published in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, recommend that clinicians refer patients to a genetic specialist if the initial screening suggests there might be a familial risk.
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CHORUS results reported: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy associated with similar OS as primary surgery
HealthDay News via WebMD
Undergoing chemotherapy before surgery may help women battling advanced ovarian cancer, a new study published in The Lancet finds. The British study was led by Sean Kehoe, professor of gynecological cancer at the University of Birmingham, and included 550 patients. About half underwent the standard treatment of surgery followed by six cycles of chemotherapy, while the other half had three cycles of chemotherapy before their surgery.
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Ovarian cancer biomarkers found
The San Diego Union-Tribune
UC San Diego researchers say they have found a potential new diagnostic for ovarian cancer, one of the most difficult cancers to detect and treat. The discovery of six isoforms of messenger RNA specific to ovarian cancer could also lead to new therapies, the researchers say in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Risk factors for surgical complications in ovarian cancer
Cancer Network
A woman’s preoperative albumin level and the number of extended cytoreductive procedures performed were found to be the strongest predictors of perioperative morbidity when undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer, according to the results of a retrospective analysis published in Gynecologic Oncology. “Given that those women who require multiple extended procedures are at highest risk, these data suggest that alternative treatment strategies should be considered in women who may require extended cytoreductive surgery,” wrote Sonali Patankar, MD, of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and colleagues.
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Study adds diabetes drug with anti-cancer effect to ovarian cancer treatment
Health Canal
Several recent studies have suggested that metformin, an established drug developed to treat patients with type II diabetes, may provide significant benefits, including increased survival, to patients being treated for advanced cancers. An analysis of combined results from these earlier studies found that metformin use was associated with a significant decrease in cancer risk, tumor burden and cancer mortality.
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One-third of women with breast cancer desire genetic testing
Many women with nonmetastatic breast cancer expressed a strong desire for genetic testing, especially if they were younger or an ethnic minority, according to study results published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. “With recent judicial opinions, direct-to-consumer marketing and celebrity reports, the public has become much more aware that genetic testing is available,” Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, of the Center for Bioethics and Social Science in Medicine at the University of Michigan, said in a press release. “But genetic risk is complex. Even patients unlikely to have elevated genetic risk may still benefit from a discussion.”
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Patients with SLE before age 40 may have lower risk for breast, endometrial cancer
Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) diagnosed before the age of 40 had a lower incidence of breast and ovarian cancers compared with the general population, according to research presented at the Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Meeting. Data from 23 centers and 5,406 women diagnosed with SLE at a mean age of 26.8 years were collected. The data spanned 44,073 person-years with an average follow-up of 8 years per patient.
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Link found between breast-cancer genes, prostate cancer
The Wall Street Journal
Mutations in two genes well known for increasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer may also play an important role in advanced prostate cancer, researchers said, an unexpected discovery that could lead to new treatments for some men with the disease. Analysis of DNA from tumor tissue obtained from 150 men with late-stage prostate cancer revealed mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes in about 15 percent of cases, according to a study published by the journal Cell. An additional 5 percent of the men had aberrations in genes with similar function.
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