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New Clues to Treating Ovarian Cancer Relapse
Date:10/1/2010

first time, women can be given evidence-based advice and can make informed choices about follow-up," the researchers wrote in the study. "The results of this trial suggest that they can opt to forgo routine CA125 monitoring if their disease is in complete remission after first-line treatment."

Burger added, "Patients and their physicians should still have the opportunity to choose CA125 monitoring as a philosophy of active management."

Another study in the same issue of the journal found that the chemotherapy drug cabazitaxel allowed men with metastatic prostate cancer who have not responded well to other therapies to survive a median 2.4 months longer than docetaxel.

And a third study found that adding the monoclonal antibody rituximab to chemotherapy extended the lives of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on ovarian cancer.

SOURCES: Andrew Berchuck, M.D., director, division of gynecologic oncology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; Robert A. Burger, M.D., professor of surgical oncology, section of gynecologic oncology and director, Women's Cancer Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia; Oct. 2, 2010, The Lancet


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