Cedars-Sinai Team Saves Life of Patient with 25-Pound Ovarian Tumor

DISMISSED WOMEN: For eight months, Maria’s doctors dismissed her pain, bloating, vomiting, hair loss and fatigue as the result of her “getting fatter,” and told her she needed to lose weight. Eventually a primary care physician in her home town sent her to the Cedars-Sinai Emergency Department where diagnostic imaging revealed a 25-pound cancerous, ovarian tumor. Maria credits Cedars-Sinai staff with saving her life because “they listened to me.”

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A simpler way to make some medicines

Organic chemists have figured out how to synthesize the most common molecule arrangement in medicine, a scientific discovery that could change the way a number of drugs – including one most commonly used to treat ovarian cancer – are produced. Their discovery, published today in the journal Chem, gives drug makers a crucial building block for creating medicines that, so far, are made with complex processes that result in a lot of waste.

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PARP inhibitor plus chemotherapy improves progression-free survival for advanced ovarian cancer patients

Researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reported study results showing that initial treatment with the PARP inhibitor veliparib in combination with chemotherapy significantly increased progression-free survival (PFS) for patients with newly diagnosed, metastatic high-grade serous ovarian cancer, according to the results of the VELIA trial.

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