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Juliet Elizabeth Wolford, MD, on Ovarian Cancer: The Cost of Care

Juliet Elizabeth Wolford, MD, of the University of California, Irvine, discusses the cost-effectiveness of various types of maintenance therapy in advanced ovarian cancer: paclitaxel, bevacizumab, niraparib, rucaparib, olaparib, and pembrolizumab (Abstract 5508).

gynecologic cancers
immunotherapy

Robert L. Coleman, MD, on Ovarian Cancer: Results From an NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group Trial

Robert L. Coleman, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses phase III study findings on secondary surgical cytoreduction followed by platinum-based combination chemotherapy, with or without bevacizumab, in platinum-sensitive, recurrent ovarian cancer (Abstract 5501).

gynecologic cancers

Martee L. Hensley, MD, on Leiomyosarcoma: Results From a GOG Treatment Trial

Martee L. Hensley, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses phase III study findings on adjuvant gemcitabine plus docetaxel followed by doxorubicin vs observation for uterus-limited, high-grade leiomyosarcoma (Abstract 5505).

gynecologic cancers

Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, and Daniel J. Margul, MD, PhD, on Cervical Cancer and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Daniel J. Margul, MD, PhD, of Northwestern University, discuss the outcomes and costs of open, robotic, and laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for stage IB1 cervical cancer (Abstract 5502).

gynecologic cancers
immunotherapy

Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, and Stéphanie Gaillard, MD, PhD, on Ovarian Cancer: Results From an NRG Oncology/COG Trial

Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Stéphanie Gaillard, MD, PhD, of Duke Cancer Institute, discuss an evaluation of bevacizumab in the primary treatment of advanced ovarian cancer (Abstract 5517).

gynecologic cancers
immunotherapy

David M. O’Malley, MD, on Ovarian Cancer: Early Results From the FORWARD II Study

David M. O’Malley, MD, of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, discusses phase Ib study findings on mirvetuximab soravtansine, a folate receptor alpha-targeting antibody-drug conjugate, in combination with bevacizumab in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer (Abstract 5549).

gynecologic cancers

Kathleen N. Moore, MD, on Ovarian Cancer: Results From the QUADRA Study

Kathleen N. Moore, MD, of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, discusses phase II study findings on niraparib in patients with relapsed ovarian cancer who have received three or more prior chemotherapy regimens (Abstract 5514).

gynecologic cancers

Martee L. Hensley, MD, on Leiomyosarcoma: Results From a GOG Treatment Trial

Martee L. Hensley, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses phase III study findings on adjuvant gemcitabine plus docetaxel followed by doxorubicin vs observation for uterus-limited, high-grade leiomyosarcoma (Abstract 5005).

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Marcus E. Randall, MD, on Endometrial Cancer: Results From a Gynecology Oncology Group Study

Marcus E. Randall, MD, of the University of Kentucky, discusses phase III study findings on pelvic radiation therapy vs vaginal cuff brachytherapy followed by paclitaxel/carboplatin chemotherapy in patients with high-risk, early stage endometrial cancer (Abstract LBA1).

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Eric Pujade-Lauraine, MD, PhD, on Ovarian Cancer: Results From the SOLO2 Trial

Eric Pujade-Lauraine, MD, PhD, of the Université Paris Descartes, discusses phase III study findings on the efficacy of olaparib maintenance therapy in patients with platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer by lines of prior chemotherapy (Abstract 932PD).

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Domenica Lorusso, MD, PhD, on Cervical Cancer: Results From a Trial on Treatment Regimens

Domenica Lorusso, MD, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute of Milan, discusses neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery vs concurrent cisplatin and radiation therapy in patients with stage IB2 to IIB squamous carcinoma of the cervix (Abstract 928O_PR).

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Andrew R. Clamp, PhD, on Gynecologic Cancers: Results of the ICON8 Trial

Andrew R. Clamp, PhD, of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, discusses his phase III study findings on dose-dense chemotherapy integration in first-line treatment of epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal carcinoma (Abstract 929O).

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Sandro Pignata, MD, PhD, on Ovarian and Related Gynecologic Cancers: Expert Perspective on Three Key Trials

Sandro Pignata, MD, PhD, of the Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, summarizes findings from the ICON8 study on dose-dense chemotherapy integration in first-line epithelial ovarian/fallopian tube/primary peritoneal carcinoma treatment; the ARIEL3 study on rucaparib vs placebo in recurrent ovarian...

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Simone Koole, MD, on Ovarian Cancer: Results of the OVHIPEC Trial

Simone Koole, MD (and a PhD candidate), of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, discusses phase III findings on health-related quality of life after hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy for stage III ovarian cancer.

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Mansoor Mirza, MD: Ovarian Cancer Treatment and Quality of Life

Mansoor Mirza, MD, of Copenhagen University Hospital, discusses quality of life in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer treated with niraparib (Abstract 930O).

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Ronald J. Buckanovich, MD, PhD, on Ovarian Cancer: Expert Perspective on the SOLO2 Trial

Ronald J. Buckanovich, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan, discusses study findings on health-related quality of life with maintenance olaparib compared with placebo following chemotherapy in patients with germline BRCA-mutated platinum-sensitive relapsed serous ovarian cancer. (Abstract 5507)

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Ronald J. Buckanovich, MD, PhD, on Ovarian Cancer: Expert Perspective on the ICON6 Trial

Ronald J. Buckanovich, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan, discusses study findings on chemotherapy and cediranib in relapsed ovarian cancer. (Abstract 5506)

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Christina S. Chu, MD, on HPV and Cervical/Vulvar Cancer

Christina S. Chu, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, discusses the link between human papillomavirus and genital cancers and what is known about the effect of HPV on treatment response and outcome.

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Mansoor Raza Mirza, MD, on Ovarian Cancer: Results From the ENGOT-OV16/NOVA Trial

Mansoor Raza Mirza, MD, of Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, discusses phase III study findings on maintenance therapy with niraparib vs placebo in patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer. (Abstract LBA3)

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Susana N. Banerjee, MBBS, PhD, on Ovarian Cancer: Results of the CORAL Trial

Susana N. Banerjee, PhD, MBBS, of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, discusses phase II findings on abiraterone in patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. (Abstract LBA33)

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Jung-min Lee, MD, on Ovarian Cancer: Study Results on Checkpoint Kinase Inhibitors

Jung-min Lee, MD, of the National Cancer Institute, discusses findings of a phase II study of the cell cycle checkpoint kinase inhibitors LY2606368 and prexasertib monomesylate monohydrate in sporadic high-grade serous and germline BRCA mutation-associated ovarian cancer. (Abstract 855O)

breast cancer
gynecologic cancers

Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Tuya Pal, MD, on BRCA Carriers: The Disparities in Management

Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina, and Tuya Pal, MD, of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, discuss the racial disparities in cancer risk management among BRCA carriers across a diverse sample of young black, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white breast cancer...

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Jonathan A. Ledermann, MD, and Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, on Olaparib Maintenance Monotherapy for Ovarian Cancer

Jonathan A. Ledermann, MD, of Cancer Research UK and University College London Cancer Trials Centre, and Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss findings on overall survival in patients with platinum-sensitive relapsed serous ovarian cancer receiving olaparib...

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Helen MacKay, MD, and Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, on Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: Results From the OV21-PETROC Trial

Helen MacKay, MD, of the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, and Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss findings from this phase II study of intraperitoneal vs intravenous chemotherapy following neoadjuvant chemotherapy and optimal debulking surgery in patients with...

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Eric Roeland, MD, and Linda Van Le, MD, on Gynecologic Cancers: Managing Menopausal Symptoms in Survivors

Eric Roeland, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, and Linda Van Le, MD, of the University of North Carolina discuss ways to manage symptoms that affect up to 80% of postmenopausal women, diminishing their quality of life.

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Helen MacKay, MD, on Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: Results From the OV21/PETROC Trial

Helen MacKay, MD, of the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, discusses findings from this phase II study of intraperitoneal vs intravenous chemotherapy following neoadjuvant chemotherapy and optimal debulking surgery in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer (Abstract LBA5503).

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Wui-Jin Koh, MD, on Vulvar Cancer: Guidelines Update

Wui-Jin Koh, MD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, discusses the multiple services required to best treat this rare cancer.

issues in oncology
gynecologic cancers
head and neck cancer

100% of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers Endorse the Promotion of the HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention

All National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers have united to support human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination (see below). A team of HPV experts drafted a consensus statement that advises widespread use of HPV vaccines to prevent cancer. HPV causes cancer of the cervix, anus, and...

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Wui-Jin Koh, MD, on Making NCCN Guidelines Relevant Around the Globe

Wui-Jin Koh, MD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discusses the program to adapt NCCN guidelines to regions of the world with different resource availability. The first guideline to be adapted in this way is for cervical cancer, which is prevalent...

global cancer care
gynecologic cancers

Eduardo Cazap, MD, PhD, and James O. Armitage, MD, on The Current State of Cancer Research and Treatment: The Latin American Perspective

Eduardo Cazap, MD, PhD, of the Latin American & Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology, and James O. Armitage, MD, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discuss oncology from an international point of view.

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Supriya Chopra, MD, on Reducing Late Bowel Toxicity in Cervical Cancer

Supriya Chopra, MD, of Tata Memorial Hospital, discusses results of the PARCER study, which compared conventional 3D conformal radiotherapy to image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy in reducing bowel side effects for women with cervical cancer (Abstract 8).

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issues in oncology

Could a Screening Test That Would Reduce Deaths From Ovarian Cancer Be on the Way?

"A solid triple but not a home run” is how Karen H. Lu, MD, characterized a study in The Lancet reporting a reduction in deaths from ovarian cancer with the use of multimodal ovarian cancer screening.1 Dr. Lu’s remark was one of several, mostly but not universally, favorable and optimistic comments ...

gynecologic cancers

Combination Bevacizumab/Chemotherapy Improves Outcomes in Platinum-resistant Ovarian Cancer

The addition of bevacizumab (Avastin) to chemotherapy improved progression-free survival and response rates in patients with platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer, according to an exploratory analysis of the phase III AURELIA trial. The combination of paclitaxel with bevacizumab achieved very ...

gynecologic cancers

Richard R. Barakat, MD, Elected 2014 President of Two Gynecologic Oncology Medical Societies

Richard R. Barakat, MD, was recently named President-elect of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS). He will serve as President of both societies beginning in 2014. Dr. Barakat is Vice Chair, Clinical Activities, Department of Surgery;...

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Screening and Risk-reduction without Testing Positive for BRCA Mutation

Many women who do not test positive for a BRCA mutation undergo additional ovarian cancer screenings and risk-reducing procedures, despite limited data to determine the effectiveness of these interventions among an average-risk population. Results of an analysis of data from 1,077 women who were...

gynecologic cancers

Internationally Renowned Gynecologic Cancer Researcher Joins Ohio State

Internationally renowned uterine cancer researcher and geneticist Paul Goodfellow, MD, PhD, will lead a new team of three researchers devoted to gynecologic oncology research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research...

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Short-term Survival Advantage of Carrying BRCA Mutation Does Not Extend to Long Term

While carrying a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation was associated with a better prognosis in the 3-year period after diagnosis of invasive ovarian cancer, this short-term survival advantage did not lead to long-term survival benefit, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer...

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Analysis Shows No 10-year Survival Advantage in Patients with Ovarian Cancer and BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutations 

Several studies have suggested that short-term overall survival for women with ovarian cancer and BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations is better than that in patients without such mutations. Indeed, a recent report by Kelly L. Bolton, PhD, and colleagues indicated that 5-year overall survival was 36% for...

gynecologic cancers

Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Gives Ovarian Cancer Patients Better Chance of Survival

Patients with advanced ovarian cancer who undergo intensive treatment with chemotherapy that bathes the abdomen are significantly more likely to live longer than those who receive standard intravenous (IV) chemotherapy, according to a study that analyzed long-term follow-up from two landmark...

gynecologic cancers

Majority of Ovarian Cancer Patients Do Not Receive Recommended Treatment, Study Shows 

Women are 30% less likely to die of ovarian cancer if they have guideline-recommended treatment, yet nearly two-thirds of those with the disease do not receive it, often because they are cared for at hospitals that treat a small number of ovarian cancer patients. These are the findings of a study...

gynecologic cancers

It Takes a Village to Survive Ovarian Cancer 

My odyssey with ovarian cancer started in May 2005, when I saw my gynecologist for an annual exam and mentioned an odd twinge I had been experiencing on my left side. A subsequent pelvic ultrasound followed by an MRI showed that my ovaries were enlarged, and my doctor warned me that the problem...

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Higher Prediagnosis Body Mass Index Raises Mortality Risk in Endometrial Cancer

Higher prediagnosis body mass index (BMI) increases risk of overall and disease-specific mortality among women diagnosed with endometrial cancer, suggested a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Physical activity was associated with reduced risk of all-cause, but not...

gynecologic cancers

Most Women with Ovarian Cancer Do Not Get Guideline-specified Treatment Linked to Survival Benefits 

Most women with ovarian cancer are not receiving adequate treatment, as specified in National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines,1 and as a result are being deprived of the survival benefits correlated with guideline-recommended treatment, according to a study presented at the Society...

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Women with Lynch Syndrome and Endometrial Cancer Are at Increased Risk of Other Cancers 

Lynch syndrome is an autosomal dominantly inherited disorder due to germline mutations in DNA mismatch repair genes. Mismatch repair mutation carriers are at increased risk of several cancers, with endometrial cancer being one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women with Lynch syndrome. In ...

gynecologic cancers

Combinatorial Immunologic Approach Yields Benefit in Preliminary Study of Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

A two-step immunologic approach that includes a personalized dendritic cell vaccine for each patient followed by adoptive T-cell therapy holds promise for the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer, according to results of two consecutive phase I studies presented at the American Association for...

gynecologic cancers
lymphoma
issues in oncology

Guideline Adherence and Geriatric Assessment Studies among NCCN Scientific Posters of Interest 

For the first time at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Annual Conference, scientific posters were included as part of the program. The ASCO Post captured some of the most interesting findings for our readers, including the following news briefs. The findings of these studies support ...

gynecologic cancers

Gold Nanoparticles Can Help Fight Ovarian Cancer

Positively charged gold nanoparticles are usually toxic to cells, but cancer cells somehow manage to avoid nanoparticle toxicity. Mayo Clinic researchers found out why and determined how to make the nanoparticles effective against ovarian cancer cells. The discovery is detailed in the current...

gynecologic cancers

Pazopanib Maintenance Therapy Extends Progression‑free Survival in Patients with Ovarian Cancer 

Maintenance therapy with the targeted therapy pazopanib (Votrient) extended progression-free survival in women with ovarian cancer who were disease-free following initial treatment with surgery and chemotherapy, according to results of a phase III trial presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of...

gynecologic cancers

Driven by the Past 

When I was 9 years old, a bout of nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain sent me to the emergency room. The physicians diagnosed appendicitis and rushed me to the operating room. But what the surgeon found instead was a 10-cm-wide, grade 2, immature teratoma. In 1968, treatment for malignant ovarian...

gynecologic cancers

Integrated Genomic Characterization of Endometrial Carcinomas Suggests New Classification Scheme 

As recently reported in Nature, investigators in The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network performed an integrated genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic characterization of 373 endometrial carcinomas, including 307 endometrioid and 66 serous or mixed histology cases, using array- and...

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