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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the ovaries. It most often occurs in women over 50. Ovarian cancer may cause no symptoms at all, or cause symptoms, such as bloating, abdominal pain, and trouble eating, that can be mistaken for other conditions. Although it’s difficult to catch ovarian cancer early—about 20% of ovarian cancers are detected before they spread outside the ovary—there are treatments that can help.

Ovarian Cancer News

  • Less Chemo for Obese Ovarian Cancer Patients Linked to Worse Survival Rates

    MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Ovarian cancer patients who are overweight or obese are often given lower doses of chemotherapy per pound of body weight, but this may reduce the odds of survival, a new study suggests. “There is a lot of uncertainty in what proper chemotherapy dosing levels should be for overweight and [...]

  • Many U.S. Women Live Far From Gynecologic Cancer Care

    MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of American women have poor access to gynecologic cancer care, a new study finds. The analysis showed that 36 percent of counties in the United States are more than 50 miles from the nearest doctor specializing in ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. About 10 percent of American women [...]

  • Why Starting Chemo Before Ovarian Cancer Surgery May Help Survival

    Undergoing chemotherapy before surgery may help women battling advanced ovarian cancer, a new study finds.

  • Study Sees Improving Survival Odds for Ovarian Cancer

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, traditionally viewed as an aggressive killer, are much more likely to survive the disease than they were several decades ago, new research shows. “Ovarian cancer, unfortunately, is associated with a very high death rate,” said study author Dr. Jason Wright, a [...]

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

    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.

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