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WHY DONíT MOST WOMEN WITH OVARIAN CANCER GET PROPER TREATMENT? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Most women who develop ovarian cancer aren’t treated according to published treatment guidelines, federal government statistics reveal.  Why not? Deborah Armstrong, an ovarian cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, speculates on the reasons.

ARMSTRONG: I think people hear ovarian cancer, they hear pancreas cancer, and they throw up their arms and say, ug, the prognosis is grim. You know the average ovarian cancer patient, average, survives just under five years now, which means that almost half of people will survive over five years. So even though we may not be curing a lot of these patients many of them can live with their disease and frankly with a pretty good quality of life for a long time, if they get the right treatment. :25

Armstrong says all women who hear that they may have ovarian cancer should see a gynecologic oncologist at the beginning of treatment, someone who specializes in these types of cancers, to assure their best chance of the best possible outcome.   At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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