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Ovarian/Gynecologic Cancers Information

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What Do You Need to Know About Ovarian and Breast Cancer Risk?

In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she carries a genetic mutation linked to breast and ovarian cancers, thousands of women are wondering whether they are at risk. To address their concerns, four women’s health organizations have joined together to provide essential information about risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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Common Diabetes Drug May Help Treat Ovarian Cancer

A new study suggests that the common diabetes medication metformin may be considered for use in the prevention or treatment of ovarian cancer. Published in CANCER, a journal of the American Cancer Society, the study found that women with ovarian cancer who took the drug tended to live longer than those who did not take it.

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Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology Debuts Survivorship Toolkit

As cancer survival rates improve, there is an increasing need for simple, user-friendly resources that help survivors document their care and plan for life after cancer. To fill the void for this type of information for survivors of gynecologic cancers, the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology is making available to patients and doctors a set of gynecologic cancer survivorship tools beginning in September, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.

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Fighting Ovarian Cancer

by Andrew Berchuck, MD

Every year 22,000 women in the United States will be newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer. More women are living as survivors because therapy can significantly pro­long life and, in some cases, cure the disease. For women facing a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, the options for treat­ment have grown in recent years.

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10 Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms Women Shouldn’t Ignore

Pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding aren’t the only signs of gynecologic cancer. More than 80,000 women in the United States are diagnosed each year with a gynecologic cancer, such as cervical, endometrial (also known as uterine) or ovarian cancer.

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Coping with the Side Effects of Surgery for Ovarian Cancer

Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves surgery followed by chemotherapy. You may experience physical, emotional, and psychological side effects related to your cancer and the treatment of your specific disease. The key to proactively managing side effects begins with good communication with the healthcare team.

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New Treatment Options Lead to Steady Progress Against Ovarian Cancer

Although finding effective screening tools remains a pri­ority, new treatment options for women with ovarian cancer, such as the ones outlined in the updated NCCN Guidelines for Ovarian Cancer, are vital to making steady progress against the disease.

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Ovarian Cancer – Managing the Side Effects of Treatment

by Wendy Topeka BSN, RN, OCN

When a woman hears the words “you have ovarian cancer,” it is from that very moment that a partnership begins between the woman, her family, and the doctors and nurses caring for her. This partnership is a key element in the treatment and management of ovarian cancer. It is this relationship that will help her tackle any side effect or challenge she may face related to this diagnosis.

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