If you were watching the news or following social media last week, you may have seen this headline: Women with BRCA1 mutations should remove ovaries by age 35. Many major media outlets reported this story, and it is based on study results that appeared in the February 24 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
The Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and our Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program participated in this study and the analysis of the results, and I am an author on the report, entitled Impact of Oophorectomy on Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation. The research is based on data from an international registry of almost 6,000 BRCA carriers, some with cancer and some without. Our goal was to estimate the benefit ofrisk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy surgery (removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes) in patients who have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Read On
Diane Park, Clinical Research Coordinator for the Women’s Cancer Program, helps a Run for Her participant enroll in the Research for Her registry at the 9th annual Run for Her in Pan Pacific Park.
Recently, the Health Improvement Institute recognized Cedars-Sinai—and the Research for Her initiative—with the Award of Excellence in Human Research Protection for Best Practice for developing an online consent process. This is a great honor for all those involved with the Research for Her national cancer research registry, which is administered by the Cedars-Sinai’s Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Read On
This wonderful letter came to us from Pilar Wolfe, a proud member of Team Mora and participant at the 9th annual Run for Her® 5K Run and Friendship Walk in Los Angeles:
I just wanted to share a story about how important Run for Her is in our lives. Five years ago, my incredibly courageous sister-in-law, Norma Mora, introduced us to Run for Her in the fight against ovarian cancer, and Team Mora was born! Since then, we have faithfully supported this wonderful cause in the hopes of finding a cure. And now, more than ever, we stand strong in this fight—honoring the loving memory of Norma. Read On
One of the teams you’ll see at the 9th annual Run for Her® is Cedars-Sinai’s 3 North. Here is their story:
Members of 3 North’s Run for Her team
By the time they got to the starting line for their first Run for Her® 5K Run and Friendship Walk last year, leaders of the 3 North team had already surprised themselves with their performance. Their team — officially named “CSMC 3 North Mother/Baby” — signed up more than 100 members, placing 3 North among the event’s five largest teams, and it raised more than $5,000.
At this year’s run on Nov. 10, they hope to exceed 2012′s performance, fueled by new motivation. They will be running for Danyel Hitchman, a 26-year-old ovarian cancer patient who stole their hearts during her stay in their maternity unit. Read On
INCREASE YOUR AWARENESS
Learn the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and educate the women in your life.
Through executive proclamation, President Barack Obama has officially declared September 2013 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In his remarks from the White House, the President noted that over 22,000 women will die from ovarian cancer this year, and that there is still no detection test available. He also reinforced that early detection saves lives, that many women are at great risk due to their family history or their age, and that increased awareness among the general public and healthcare providers would have a positive impact.
“My administration is investing in research to improve our understanding of ovarian cancer and develop better methods for diagnosis and treatment,” said the President. Read On