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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Tumor Storage:
Creating Options for Ovarian Cancer

Free Education Webinar
Sponsored by Ovarian Cancer Research Fund 
Monday, March 4th at 12 PM EST

Join Kelly Brooks, RN, BSN, and Michel Sadaka, MBA, MSE, from StoreMyTumor, for a aytime webinar. Each ovarian cancer patient's tumor is unique and contains useful information, but hospitals don't routinely store tumors in ways that allow them to be used for multiple purposes in the future. Live tumor storage can create additional options for patients, such as providing access to innovative immunotherapy clinical trials. This presentation will provide an overview of the what, when, why and how of tumor storage, as well as requirements for participating in some of the newest treatment options for ovarian cancer, so patients can better understand whether tumor storage is something they want to consider.

To listen in and ask questions live, register here.

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A Radioshow for Cancer Patients

Listen to "Frankly Speaking About Cancer" every Tuesday at 4pm eastern time (1pm pacific time). The host is Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, stives to empower her listeners to live well with cancer. Click here to visit the website. You can also find past episodes available for listening!

OGCC/RHONDA'S CLUB ACTIVITIES

Tribute to Frances Stolusky

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Our friend and colleague, Fran Stolusky, passed away on November 4, 2014.  Fran will always be remembered as an active and long-term member of the board of Rhonda’s Club and as the long-time manager of our Survivors Teaching Students classes.  She trained, scheduled and mentored scores of women to share their stories of survival with medical students with the goal of increasing awareness and early detection.  Every year, she helped bring that message to more than 400 students.  Fran also participated in countless health fairs, fundraising walks, conferences and other outreach programs to further our mission to battle gynecologic cancers by raising public awareness of symptoms, educating survivors and medical professionals, and supporting research to improve quality of life, and find the cures.  Fran was always there, and she always got the job done.

And Coming in June….

Join Rhonda’s Club at the
2nd Annual 5K Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer®
hosted by National Ovarian Cancer Coalition,
Frederick MD Chapter

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Baker Park
121 Bentz Street, Frederick, MD

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MEDICAL NEWS

On March 18, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology SGO) reported the following Women's Cancer News.

ChemoFx Improves Ovarian Cancer Outcomes

ChemoFx® provides invaluable information to physicians choosing from 20 equivalent treatment recommendations without prior knowledge of how individual ovarian cancer patients may respond. ChemoFx determines platinum resistance in primary ovarian cancer and demonstrates longer overall survival by 14 months in recurrent ovarian cancer, making it instrumental in improving patient outcomes.

Intraperitoneal chemotherapy in ovarian cancer

Long-term findings from two randomized trials demonstrated that intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy significantly improved survival compared with intravenous (IV) therapy. The combined analysis of the GOG-172 and GOG-114 trials showed that patients treated with IP chemotherapy experienced a 16% reduction in the risk of progression compared with IV therapy. Additionally, IP chemotherapy led to a median overall survival (OS) of 62 months compared with 51 months for IV therapy.

Robotic Surgery Report Card

A study found that robotic surgery for benign gynecologic procedures had a higher rate of complication than conventional surgery, and was more costly.

FDA Approves Avastin Plus Chemotherapy to Treat Women With Platinum-Resistant Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

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November 14, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Genentech’s Avastin (bevacizumab) in combination with chemotherapy for women with platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer. The approval was based on the results of a Phase III clinical trial which showed women who received Avastin with chemotherapy had a 62% improvement in progression free survival (disease worsening) as compared to those who received chemotherapy alone.

Bevacizumab Plus Fosbretabulin Improves Progression-Free Survival in Ovarian Cancer Patients

The combination of the antiangiogenesis drug bevacizumab and the vascular-disrupting agent fosbretabulin is superior to bevacizumab alone in the treatment of recurrent ovarian, tubal, and peritoneal cancer, according to an oral presentation made at the biennial meeting of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. A study found significant improvement in progression-free survival among patients treated with the combination of bevacizumab and fosbretabulin versus bevacizumab alone, with a median improvement of 2.5 months.

Amgen Ovarian Cancer Drug Fails to Improve Overall Survival

Amgen Inc said its experimental ovarian cancer drug did not show statistically significant improvement in overall survival rate in a late-stage trial. Patients given the drug, trebananib, along with a chemotherapy agent paclitaxel, experienced overall survival of 19.3 months, compared with 18.3 months for the placebo group. Analysts said oncologists expect the drug to have little or no benefits in terms of overall survival and FDA approval seems unlikely.

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