A new report released by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance summarizes the experiences of 1,014 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Based on a survey conducted by the Alliance in partnership with Inspire, the report details how women were diagnosed and whether their treatment followed national guidelines for ovarian cancer.
The survey was inspired by a study released in March 2013 that found just 37.2% of patients with epithelial ovarian cancer received care that adhered to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines. Dr. Robert Bristow and his colleagues examined the records of 13,321 patients treated for epithelial ovarian cancer between 1999 and 2006.
“As one of the deadliest cancers for women, it is imperative that we understand what might be preventing women from accessing treatment, and how the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance can improve women’s access to care,” says Calaneet Balas, CEO of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. “We hope this survey can be a stepping stone for further research that can lead to better outcomes for women.”