Ovarian cancer

Common Name(s)

Ovarian cancer, Cancer, Ovarian

Ovarian cancer occurs when a cancerous tumor forms in a women’s ovary. Most commonly, there is no known cause for the growth of the cancerous tumor. If the ovarian tumor is malignant, then the cancer cells can spread to other organs in the pelvis and abdomen or metastasize through the bloodstream to other regions of the body. Symptoms might include ongoing pain in the belly or back, atypical vaginal bleeding, and nausea. Treatment options may include surgery or chemotherapy depending on the stage of the cancer. The different stages can be defined as: Stage I: Cancer limited to one or both ovaries Stage II: Cancer spreads to other pelvic structures Stage III: Cancer has metastasized to lining of the abdomen or cancer has spread to the lymph nodes Stage IV: Cancer has spread to the liver or lungs

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Ovarian cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Basser Research Center for BRCA

The Basser Research Center for BRCA provides education and support for individuals and families with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Our mission is to deliver cutting edge research in basic and clinical sciences to advance the care of individuals who carry BRCA mutations. The Basser Center is part of the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine.

Last Updated: 29 Oct 2014

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Breast Cancer Connections

We support people touched by breast or ovarian cancer by providing comprehensive, personalized services in an atmosphere of warmth and compassion.

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2014

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Breast Friends

Breast Friends ensures that no woman goes through cancer alone. We are a unique resource for women, their family, friends, co-workers and community minimizing the fear and isolation of cancer. For over a decade our programs have empowered thousands with emotional support and hope. We are survivors and professionals helping others celebrate the joy of life.

Last Updated: 25 Mar 2013

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Center for Jewish Genetics

The Center is dedicated to gathering and disseminating knowledge about Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. Its mission is to educate and serve health care professionals, clergy and the Jewish community.

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2012

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Conversations!

The mission of Conversations! is to provide information to people who are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers, their families, and caregivers.

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

FORCE is a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. With 50 outreach groups throughout the U.S., and international affiliates, FORCE programs provide support, education, advocacy, awareness and research specific to hereditary cancers. Our programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer. FORCE was founded on the principle that no one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone.

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry

The Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Registry is looking for families with two or more diagnoses of ovarian cancer to join the Registry. Research conducted by the Registry will help the scientific and medical communities learn more about ovarian cancer and identify new genes associated with familial ovarian cancer.

Last Updated: 24 Nov 2009

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc.

To raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2012

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Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation

The mission of the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and to increase awareness about the risks, symptoms and treatments of this disease.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Our mission is to advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer.

Last Updated: 20 Dec 2012

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SHARE

SHARE helps people through breast or ovarian cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and post-treatment, offering the unique support of survivors who've been there. All of SHARE's services are free of charge and include telephone support, educational programs, support groups, and public-health initiatives. Visit us at www.sharecancersupport.org or call our toll-free helplines at 866-891-2392.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Sharsheret

Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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Stupid Cancer

Founded by and for young adult survivors, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i[2]y), is the nation's leading grassroots advocate for the next generation of cancer survivors and their caregivers in their late teens, 20s and 30s. A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website, we have helped bring the cause of 'young adult cancer' to the national spotlight and rallied a brand new generation of activists to give voice to our forgotten population. Our mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer.

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2012

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Ovarian cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

http://www.4thangel.org

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Basser Research Center for BRCA

The Basser Research Center for BRCA provides education and support for individuals and families with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Our mission is to deliver cutting edge research in basic and clinical sciences to advance the care of individuals who carry BRCA mutations. The Basser Center is part of the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine.

http://www.basser.org

Last Updated: 29 Oct 2014

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Breast Cancer Connections

We support people touched by breast or ovarian cancer by providing comprehensive, personalized services in an atmosphere of warmth and compassion.

http://www.bcconnections.org

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2014

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Breast Friends

Breast Friends ensures that no woman goes through cancer alone. We are a unique resource for women, their family, friends, co-workers and community minimizing the fear and isolation of cancer. For over a decade our programs have empowered thousands with emotional support and hope. We are survivors and professionals helping others celebrate the joy of life.

http://www.breastfriends.org

Last Updated: 25 Mar 2013

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Center for Jewish Genetics

The Center is dedicated to gathering and disseminating knowledge about Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. Its mission is to educate and serve health care professionals, clergy and the Jewish community.

http://www.jewishgenetics.org

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2012

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Conversations!

The mission of Conversations! is to provide information to people who are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers, their families, and caregivers.

http://www.ovarian-news.org

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

FORCE is a national nonprofit dedicated to fighting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. With 50 outreach groups throughout the U.S., and international affiliates, FORCE programs provide support, education, advocacy, awareness and research specific to hereditary cancers. Our programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer. FORCE was founded on the principle that no one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone.

http://www.facingourrisk.org

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry

The Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Registry is looking for families with two or more diagnoses of ovarian cancer to join the Registry. Research conducted by the Registry will help the scientific and medical communities learn more about ovarian cancer and identify new genes associated with familial ovarian cancer.

http://www.ovariancancer.com

Last Updated: 24 Nov 2009

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc.

To raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

http://www.ovarian.org

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2012

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Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation

The mission of the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and to increase awareness about the risks, symptoms and treatments of this disease.

http://www.nlovca.org

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Our mission is to advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer.

https://www.ovariancancer.org

Last Updated: 20 Dec 2012

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SHARE

SHARE helps people through breast or ovarian cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and post-treatment, offering the unique support of survivors who've been there. All of SHARE's services are free of charge and include telephone support, educational programs, support groups, and public-health initiatives. Visit us at www.sharecancersupport.org or call our toll-free helplines at 866-891-2392.

http://www.sharecancersupport.org

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Sharsheret

Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

http://www.sharsheret.org

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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Stupid Cancer

Founded by and for young adult survivors, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i[2]y), is the nation's leading grassroots advocate for the next generation of cancer survivors and their caregivers in their late teens, 20s and 30s. A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website, we have helped bring the cause of 'young adult cancer' to the national spotlight and rallied a brand new generation of activists to give voice to our forgotten population. Our mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer.

http://stupidcancer.org

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2012

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Ovarian Cancer Symptom Diary App

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Diary App will help you learn about the risks, signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. This first-of-its-kind application allows a woman to track symptoms that could indicate ovarian cancer.

Updated 20 Dec 2012

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Ovarian cancer" returned 4549 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Evaluating the risk of ovarian cancer before surgery using the ADNEX model to differentiate between benign, borderline, early and advanced stage invasive, and secondary metastatic tumours: prospective multicentre diagnostic study.
 

Author(s): Ben Van Calster, Kirsten Van Hoorde, Lil Valentin, Antonia C Testa, Daniela Fischerova, Caroline Van Holsbeke, Luca Savelli, Dorella Franchi, Elisabeth Epstein, Jeroen Kaijser, Vanya Van Belle, Artur Czekierdowski, Stefano Guerriero, Robert Fruscio, Chiara Lanzani, Felice Scala, Tom Bourne, Dirk Timmerman,

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To develop a risk prediction model to preoperatively discriminate between benign, borderline, stage I invasive, stage II-IV invasive, and secondary metastatic ovarian tumours.

Last Updated: 16 Oct 2014

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Exemestane with ovarian suppression in premenopausal breast cancer.
 

Author(s): Olivia Pagani, Meredith M Regan, Prudence A Francis, ,

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2014 Oct;371(14):1358-9.

 

Last Updated: 2 Oct 2014

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Evaluation of a chemoresponse assay as a predictive marker in the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer: further analysis of a prospective study.
 

Author(s): C Tian, D J Sargent, T C Krivak, M A Powell, M J Gabrin, S L Brower, R L Coleman

Journal: Br. J. Cancer. 2014 Aug;111(5):843-50.

 

Recently, a prospective study reported improved clinical outcomes for recurrent ovarian cancer patients treated with chemotherapies indicated to be sensitive by a chemoresponse assay, compared with those patients treated with non-sensitive therapies, thereby demonstrating the assay's ...

Last Updated: 27 Aug 2014

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Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Ovarian cancer" returned 401 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Oral contraceptive use for the primary prevention of ovarian cancer.
 

Author(s): Laura J Havrilesky, Jennifer M Gierisch, Patricia G Moorman, Remy R Coeytaux, Rachel Peragallo Urrutia, William J Lowery, Michaela Dinan, Amanda J McBroom, Liz Wing, Michael D Musty, Kathryn R Lallinger, Vic Hasselblad, Gillian D Sanders, Evan R Myers

Journal: Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep). 2013 Jun;(212):1-514.

 

To estimate the overall balance of harms and benefits from the potential use of oral contraceptives (OCs) for the primary prevention of ovarian cancer

Last Updated: 15 Jan 2014

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Ovarian cancer screening--current status, future directions.
 

Author(s): Usha Menon, Michelle Griffin, Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj

Journal: Gynecol. Oncol.. 2014 Feb;132(2):490-5.

 

Evidence of a mortality benefit continues to elude ovarian cancer (OC) screening. Data from the US Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial which used a screening strategy incorporating CA125 cut-off and transvaginal ultrasound has not shown mortality benefit. ...

Last Updated: 17 Feb 2014

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Emerging treatment strategies in recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer: focus on trabectedin.
 

Author(s): Andrés Poveda, Isabelle Ray-Coquard, Ignacio Romero, Jose Antonio Lopez-Guerrero, Nicoletta Colombo

Journal: Cancer Treat. Rev.. 2014 Apr;40(3):366-75.

 

Ovarian cancer (OC) is the leading cause of death from gynecological malignancies. In spite of high response rates to the standard front-line treatment for advanced disease with cytoreductive surgical debulking, followed by platinum/taxane-based chemotherapy, most patients eventually ...

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2014

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Low-Dose Fractionated Whole Abdominal Radiation Therapy (LDFWART) With Carboplatin and Docetaxel in Patients With Recurrent Ovarian Cancer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ovarian Cancer; Ovarian Carcinoma; Recurrent Ovarian Cancer; Recurrent Ovarian Carcinoma

 

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2014

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Interactive Educational Website for Women With Ovarian Cancer & Caregivers
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Stage III Ovarian Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Cancer; Recurrent Ovarian Cancer; Fallopian Tube Cancer

 

Last Updated: 21 Aug 2014

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A Crossover Bioequivalence Study of Intravenously Administered ATI0918 and DOXIL/CAELYX in Patients With Ovarian Cancer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ovarian Cancer; Malignant Female Reproductive System Neoplasm; Cancer; Ovarian Tumor; Ovarian Epithelial Cancer Recurrent

 

Last Updated: 8 Jan 2013

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