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Expanding Medicaid Could Help Women with Ovarian Cancer

Many people who live near the poverty line are surprised to learn that they do not qualify for health insurance under Medicaid. Each state sets its own rules for this … Continue reading 

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Supreme Court to Hear Gene Patent Case

The Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in a case seeking to invalidate the patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. The patent-holder, Myriad Laboratories, owns patents … Continue reading 

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Dogs Sniff Ovarian Cancer

Based on funding from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, the cancer-sniffing dog training and studies continue. Read the full article here Ensure that Congress supports the Congressionally Directed Medical … Continue reading 

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EU Reviews Folate Receptor Drug

The European Union will review vintafolide, a folate receptor drug for ovarian cancer, made by Endocyte/Merck. The regulatory agency should make a decision in the first half of 2013. Read … Continue reading 

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Physiological Evidence of “Cancer Brain” Found

Using PET/CT scans, researchers looked at the brain function of 128 breast cancer patients. The study aimed to show that PET/CT is a useful tool to measure the presence of … Continue reading 

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EU Approves Avastin in Combination Therapy for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

The European Commission approved the use of Avastin with Gemzar and Carboplatin for treatment of the first recurrence of ovarian cancer. See the article here

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HHS Releases Health Reform Rules

On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services released three regulations related to implementation of health reform. One of these rules concerned guaranteed issue and a ban on pre-existing … Continue reading 

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NIH to Enforce Public Access Policy

As a condition of receiving public monies for research, the researchers must make available the results of their work. The National Institutes of Health will begin to delay grants to … Continue reading 

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Coping with the Holidays

Many cancer patients, survivors  and family members have a lot of emotions around the holidays. The American Society of Clinical Oncology has a Frequently Asked Questions document to answer common … Continue reading 

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Alliance Grasstops Program Highlighted in the Washington Post

The Washington Post recently published an article on the move towards grasstops lobbying by advocacy organizations. As part of this article, the Alliance’s grasstops program was mentioned. Grasstops are leader-advocates … Continue reading 

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Study Shows Few Women Recognize Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that women were not aware of the non-gynecologic symptoms of gynecologic cancers, such as abdominal or back pain. … Continue reading 

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Researchers Uncover New Mechanism of Action for PARP Inhibitors

It appears that molecules currently classified as PARP inhibitors may work in one, or both, ways. One mechanism of action inhibits PARP enzyme activity; the other acts as a “PARP … Continue reading 

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