Webinar: What Women Need to Know about Ovarian Cancer

Tue, May 12, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm ET


Mayo Clinic gynecologic cancer specialists Jamie N. Bakkum-Gamez, M.D. and John Weroha, M.D., Ph.D. discuss the signs and symptoms women should be aware of for detection of ovarian cancer, understanding treatment options, and the importance of new clinical trials. Mayo Clinic medical geneticist Myra J. Wick, M.D., Ph.D. discusses the importance of family history and genetic counseling in preventing ovarian cancer. A live question and answer session followed the presentation. You can still ask questions using the chat box to the right. Speakers include: - Jamie N. Bakkum-Gamez, M.D. - John Weroha, M.D., Ph.D. - Myra J. Wick, M.D., Ph.D. Would you like to: Request An Appointment Learn More About Ovarian Cancer



With 2 sisters with Ovarian cancer and a third one with Breast, will I be eligible to do the gene testing and be covered by insurance?

Please share your latest research on best preventing ovarian cancer from recurring (non hereditary, stage 3B after major hysterectomy))

I am looking into the NY-ESO-1 trial. Can you tell me anything about how that is administered and if I can have it done locally?

I had Stage 3C ovarian cancer at 53, almost 5 years ago. I did not test positive for for any of more than 22 genes, but my husband has two aunts who had cancer, one breast, one ovarian. We don’t know if they carried any of the genes. Could my husband carry a gene that we should be concerned about? We have a daughter and son. Is there gene testing for males?

My sister had surgery at Mayo last week. It was too large and involved to remove and the oncologist is recommending traditional chemo which she is scheduled for at Mayo. Is she a candidate for the ovatar trial?

Can you talk about vaccine clinical trials.

Signs / symptoms are not real specific and can easily be related to many other diagnoses… I’ve been experiencing both bloating and urgency/frequency in urination for quite some time… when I go in for my dr appoint – do I offer this up as something to be considered?

My mother was just diagnosed with a second recurrence, however is relatively asymptomatic (small nodule growth in mesenteric fat area)….we have been told that a hormonal therapy option might be a way to keep it stable for a bit (to delay going on chemo again)…have you used this before and if so, do you favor tamoxifen or femara?

Do men get the BRCA 1/2 genetic testing if their mother had ovarian cancer but she did not have genetic testing?

I had my surgery at Mayo Rochester within the last year. Stage IIIC. Were my cells preserved so I am eligible for the Avatar study…or is it too late entirely?

Are there other clinical studies available if surgery was done elsewhere? Or could 2nd surgery qualify for Avatar?

I’m BRCA 1 and 2 negative (and for Lynch Syndrome mutations), but my family history of ovarian cancer is very extensive with earliest onset at age 39. Is Mayo Clinic – or are other organizations you’re aware of – doing any research into additional genetic mutations? And how far away do you think we realistically are from having an “OVCA” type genetic test?

My mother had stage 4 ovarian cancer. My PCP is recommending that I have salpingo-oophorectomy since I am postmenopausal. She does not want to do genetic testing as she says is it unrealiable. Is this what you could recommend?

Is there a diet (certain foods) I should follow to help reduce risk of ovarian cancer?

My paternal grandmother and several paternal great aunts died of breast cancer (no genetic testing). My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 70. She is still living but has not had genetic testing. Should I have the testing since the breast cancer comes from my father’s side? Or should my father have the testing?

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