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    1. Q&A with Kathy Bates

      A popular actress on stage and screen, Kathy Bates has played everything from an unhappy wife (Fried Green Tomatoes) to a literary fan gone psychopathic (Misery), a free spirit mother of an adult son (About Schmidt), a wisecracking political advisor (Primary Colors), and Gertrude Stein (Midnight in

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    2. Antibody Could Help Predict Ovarian Cancer

      Aug. 17, 2011 -- Researchers say they've discovered a marker that could one day help doctors spot women who may be at high risk for ovarian cancer. The marker is an antibody to a protein, called mesothelin, which is overproduced by cancer cells. The study found the antibody was present in high level

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    3. New Genetic Clues to Ovarian Cancer

      June 29, 2011 -- Multiple genetic mutations appear to be involved in the development of ovarian cancer, according to a new large-scale analysis of tumor samples. Researchers from the Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network looked at 489 high-grade serous ovarian adenocarcinomas (HGS-OvCa). These are a

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    4. Ovarian Cancer Screen: Risks May Outweigh Benefits

      June 6, 2011 -- Ovarian cancer screening does not reduce disease-related deaths among average-risk women, but it does result in an increase in invasive medical procedures and associated harms. That’s according to findings from a large, long-awaited, government-funded trial. Nearly 80,000 women were

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    5. Blood Test May Spot Inherited Ovarian Cancer

      March 9, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Nearly one in four ovarian cancers are inherited, say researchers who are developing a gene-based blood test to identify women with these hereditary cancers. The test, which looks for variations in 22 genes known or suspected to predispose women to ovarian cancer, is

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    6. Screening for Ovarian Cancer Saves Few Lives

      Dec. 13, 2010 -- Like breast cancer, the survival rate for ovarian cancer can be high when the disease is detected early, before it spreads. But unlike breast cancer, early detection of ovarian cancer is rare. The long search for effective screening strategies to identify ovarian cancer in average-r

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    7. Hormone Therapy Linked to Ovarian Cancer

      Nov. 9, 2010 -- Postmenopausal women who use hormone replacement therapy face a 29% increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to a study. Researchers at the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford in England analyzed data from the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nut

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    8. Ovarian Cancer Genes Found

      Sept. 20, 2010 -- A newly-discovered group of genes may help predict a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. Researchers say the results may eventually provide a way to more effectively identify and treat women prone to the disease. They also suggest that breast and ovarian cancer may share som

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    9. Genetic Marker Linked to Ovarian Cancer Risk

      July 22, 2010 -- A newly identified genetic marker may help predict ovarian cancer risk, Yale University researchers report online in Cancer Research. Variations in the KRAS gene occur in one-quarter of women with ovarian cancer, and 61% of women with ovarian cancer who have a family history of brea

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    10. Chemotherapy for Ovarian Cancer: Easing the Stress & Managing Side Effects

      Chemotherapy drugs aren't discriminating. While they're busy killing cancer cells, they can also wreak havoc on the healthy cells your body needs. The reason chemotherapy is so damaging is that it targets all kinds of fast growing cells. "Cancer cells are fast growing cells, but other cells in the b

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