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Drug Combination May Be Highly Effective in Treating Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting suggests that the use of a combination drug therapy can provide significant improve­ment in women who have recurrent ovarian cancer.

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Society of Gynecologic Oncology Releases List of Commonly Used Tests and Treatments to Question

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) has released a list of specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in gynecologic oncology as part of Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.

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Communicating with Your Doctor after an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

by Stephanie V. Blank, MD

Every doctor can write a prescrip­tion, but not every doctor is an expert at communication. It is much easier to teach anatomy and pathology than it is to teach the best way to tell a woman she has ovarian cancer. And while many physicians are born with the skills and social sense necessary to properly deliver news like this, just as many are not.

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