Women's Cancer News
Aug. 14, 2013

Laparoscopic approach in early-stage ovarian cancer promising
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Operative outcomes of laparoscopic approach in patients with early-stage ovarian cancer may be comparable with those of laparotomy, according to a meta-analysis published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.More

Onsite colposcopy clinic improves cancer screening rates
Medical Xpress
Women who had a colposcopy at a sexual health clinic that provided extra support and counselling were 34 percent more likely to undergo the cancer screening procedure compared to women who were referred to a hospital or doctor's office, according to a new study by Women's College Hospital's Dr. Sheila Dunn.More

Tamoxifen reduced contralateral breast cancer risk in patients with BRCA mutations
HemOnc Today
Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations who underwent adjuvant tamoxifen treatment for breast cancer were at reduced risk for contralateral disease, according to results of a pooled observational analysis.More

Living with cancer: Patient yoga
The New York Times
Cancer patient Susan Gubar writes: "Although I sob during sappy movies, I did not cry as I staggered through the numerous surgeries, radiological procedures and chemotherapies that followed a cancer diagnosis four years ago. That is why I am grateful to yoga."More

Cancer-beating tot who must play alone gets garden sanctuary
A 1-year-old whose immune system has been destroyed by nine grueling rounds of chemotherapy has been given a safe, grassy garden to play in. Philippa Jane Goymer was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma — a rare form of cancer growing in the tissue of her vulva — at just 15 weeks old.More

How much do you want to know about your unborn child's DNA?
The Huffington Post
Access to information is truly astonishing. Noninvasive prenatal testing enables women to learn whether their children have certain abnormalities prior to giving birth. Historically, this kind of screening has been used to detect syndromes that are present and deleterious at birth or in childhood, such as Down Syndrome, Tay-Sachs disease, cystic fibrosis and others genetic disorders. However, as the genetics behind many genetic cancer predisposition syndromes have now been identified, some families are also screening for BRCA and Lynch mutations.More

Contradictory breast cancer screening guidelines: An unexpected benefit
Everyday Health
Doctors are offering women conflicting advice about whether and when to be screened for breast cancer, according to a new study — a practice that researchers said is confusing, but is also prompting more in-depth discussion of screening options among patients and physicians.More

Ovarian cancer sniffed out by dogs
Medical News Today
Researchers are looking to create a breakthrough method of detecting ovarian cancer — by using dogs to sniff out the disease.More

Analyst Blog: Glaxo seeks vaccine approval
GlaxoSmithKline recently announced that it has submitted a Marketing Authorization Application to the European Medicines Agency for its cervical cancer vaccine, Cervarix. Glaxo is looking to get a two-dose schedule of Cervarix approved for use in girls between 9 to 14 years for the prevention of premalignant genital lesions including cervical, vulvar and vaginal, and cervical cancer causally related to certain oncogenic human papillomavirus types.More