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WOMEN WITH OVARIAN CANCER OFTEN AREN’T PROPERLY TREATED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

About half of all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer aren’t treated according to published treatment guidelines, federal data reveal. Deborah Armstrong, an ovarian cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.

ARMSTRONG: Unfortunately we’ve known about this for a long time. The data really over the last couple of decades has been that less than half of the women in the United States who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer have their diagnostic surgery done by a gynecologic oncologist. Who is really the person who should be doing that surgery? So women aren’t getting necessarily to the right people at the beginning, they’re not getting as was reported the standard of care. And I have to say that the NCCN guidelines they’re not the Ivory tower guidelines. :28

Armstrong, who is not a surgeon, says that very first surgery must be done by a gynecologic oncologist to assure the best chance for effective tumor reduction and set the course for the remainder of treatment.  She says even if women must travel they should seek specialty care.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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