Become a Sponsor Clinical Trials Clinical trials are research studies designed to find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. Many women undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer choose to participate in clinical trials. Through participation in these trials, patients may receive access to new therapy options that are not available to women outside the clinical trial setting.
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We present patient-reported family history information in a primary care Women’s Health Clinic, relevant for referral for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic counseling. Our analyses benefit from a study sample that is diverse and not preselected for high-risk status. A mixed method feasibility study of a patient- and family-centred advance care planning intervention for cancer patients. Cragg J, McClellan M, Chan D, Dickson E, et al. Development and pilot of an advance care planning website for women with ovarian cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Gynecol Oncol. ;(2)–6. The Center for Gynecologic Oncology provides compassionate care for patients with ovarian cancer. Join Our Ovarian Cancer Long-term Survival Study. This service is especially valuable for patients with a family history of ovarian and related cancers.
For other discipline-specific case studies, navigate using the left menu. Join our CME mailing list! She also felt bloated and was having frequent problems with indigestion and gas. In addition, she was tired all the time and rarely went to the gym anymore.
AJ's medical history showed her to be a healthy and athletic female. She admitted to drinking occasionally at social events but denied having ever smoked.
AJ had been receiving annual gynecological exams since she was 18 years old, and her menstrual history has been unremarkable.
Her family history showed that her mother was a breast and ovarian cancer survivor. The patient was not on birth control medication, but she stated that she practices safe sex with the use of condoms.
The GYN performed a pelvic examination of the patient's vagina, uterus, rectum and pelvis, including ovaries, and checked for masses or growths.
He followed the pelvic exam with a transvaginal ultrasound to better detect the presence of abnormal growths in the reproductive organs. AJ's transvaginal ultrasound revealed a mass on her right ovary. Additional laboratory work-up, including a CA assay of her blood sample, was ordered.
When AJ went back to her GYN for a follow-up visit to discuss her lab results, the physician had concerning news. I'm going to refer you to a gynecologic oncologist for further evaluation.
He recommended removal of both ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the uterus.
She confided in her physician, "I'm only 20 years old; how could I have ovarian cancer? Isn't this an illness older women get?
However, patients who have a genetic predisposition may develop the condition at a much earlier age. Ovarian cancer occurs when normal cells in the ovaries begin to grow in an uncontrolled, abnormal manner and produce malignant tumors in one or both ovaries.
Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other type of cancer of the female reproductive system, according to the American Cancer Society ACS. The ACS ranks it fifth in cancer deaths among women. Bloating or abdominal distention - caused by the accumulation of fluid - is the most common symptom of the disease.
There are usually no obvious symptoms of ovarian cancer early on in the disease process. Women who experience these symptoms for prolonged periods of time are advised to seek prompt medical evaluation.
Although it is rarely indicative of ovarian cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding is another symptom some women may experience.
The causes of ovarian cancer are not entirely understood. Some studies indicate that malignancy develops due to genetic errors that interfere with normal ovulation.
Others indicate that the increased hormone levels before and during ovulation may stimulate the growth of abnormal cells.
There are three main types of ovarian tumors, named after the location where they form in the ovary.A mixed method feasibility study of a patient- and family-centred advance care planning intervention for cancer patients. Cragg J, McClellan M, Chan D, Dickson E, et al.
Development and pilot of an advance care planning website for women with ovarian cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Gynecol Oncol. ;(2)–6. What is an ovarian cancer clinical trial and why should a patient consider participating? Clinical trials are comprehensive, controlled studies that help to prevent, diagnose, and determine new treatment options for ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related death in U.S. women. Aspirin may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by reducing inflammation. While several previous studies have sought to determine if aspirin and other common anti-inflammatory medications influence risk of ovarian cancer, findings have been inconsistent.
We present patient-reported family history information in a primary care Women’s Health Clinic, relevant for referral for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic counseling. Our analyses benefit from a study sample that is diverse and not preselected for high-risk status.
Patient and Family Centered Care Kimberley Masterson WGU Stacy Stratton-Mentor Practice Setting Wellington Regional Medical Center is located in Wellington, Florida. It is a bed, acute-care hospital, owned by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc., a highly respected, healthcare management organization.
Also, the younger the family member when diagnosed, the higher the risk for the patient. Inherited mutations in the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes also increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer. Women who have colon cancer in their families also may have greater risk of ovarian cancer.