In this slideshare, Dr. Lori Gore-Green gives information on the latest advancements in ovarian cancer at The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the main warning signs to look out for.
2. ✤ Early diagnosis is among the biggest challenges in the
ﬁght against ovarian cancer. !
✤ The lack of any reliable method of screening for the
cancer often prevents it from being found its early
✤ However, a recent article in the Miami Herald
describes some of the efforts to develop early
Early Detection Clinic at
The University of Miami
✤ At the University of Miami’s
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer
Center in Miami has opened a new
Ovarian Cancer Early Detection
✤ The aim of the new clinic is to
identify women who are at a high
risk for ovarian cancer by tracking
family personal cancer histories. !
✤ The hope is that by tracking the data
gathered through patients that come
through the clinic, that new
preventive strategies can be derived.
✤ One of the patients at the clinic,
Ivanna Vidal, has the BRCA2 gene
which put her at greater risk for
ovarian and breast cancers. !
✤ She was diagnosed with advanced
stage ovarian cancer. !
✤ The goal of the new clinic is to
help at-risk women like Vidal
learn of their risk factors earlier so
that they might be able to better
plan to preempt the disease.
Who’s at Risk?
✤ The director of the gynecologic
oncology division at Sylvester, Dr.
Brian Slomovitz, states that women
who have BRCA have a 20-40%
chance of developing ovarian cancer. !
✤ Talia Donenberg, senior cancer
genetics counselor at the University
of Miami and Jackson Memorial
Hospital claims that the discovery of
new genetic links to the disease has
caused the rate of hereditary ovarian
cancer to jump from 10% to between
15 and 20%.
6. ✤ This data and the fact that there are symptoms of
ovarian cancer have made doctors and researchers
hopeful that new early detection methods are not too
far off. !
✤ “In the past, we thought it was a silent disease.” Slomovitz
said, “We know now that that’s not the case.”
Read more at The Miami Herald .
Thank you for watching! – Dr. Lori Gore-Green