Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ovarian Cancer - Any Woman,Any Age...Listen to Your Heart / Sept 4

On Thursday I attended an interesting program on Ovarian Cancer that was part of the Healthy Programming at Hackensack University Medical Center ( HUMC) and was sponsored by the Maureen Fund.
The program began with Dr Smith, gynecological oncologist and vice-chair of the Theurer Cancer center at HUMC talking about the Ovarian Cancer and the work they do at HUMC.

Dr McNamara spoke about "Novel Chemotherapy Treatments". She spoke of Avastin trials and dose dense trials. She also spoke of two vaccine( abagovomab) trials - MIMOSA , CALYPSO and GOG 213 which uses farletuzumab. It will be interesting to see the results of these trials.

Dr Goy talked about how gene mutations cause cancer and then the importance of tumor banks and molecular profiles.

Lastly DrLitkouhi spoke of robotic surgery and his experience with the Da Vinci robot. He even showed us part of the surgery.Many people in the audience couldn't watch but it was facinating. I felt like I was watching the old movie Fantastic Voyage.

Thanks to everyone at the Maureen Fund and HUMC for this informative evening.

Every Day is a Blessing.

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