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

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.

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.

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.

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 Treatment Underused

The New York Times reported on a study from the Journal of Clincial Oncology on the underuse of intraperitoneal (IP) treatment for ovarian cancer.  Read the article here.

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