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Fallopian Tube Cancer Connection To Ovarian Cancer

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is always searching  for helpful articles  for our readers. With so much news about Talcum Powder lawsuits we have all been wondering about the link between use of talcum powder and a diagnosis of fallopian tube cancer and ovarian cancer. There have been numerous lawsuits in the news. We are sharing this with our readers.

Evidence Points to Fallopian-tube Origins of Ovarian Cancer

It has been noted in many studies that the talc from the powder can travel thru the fallopian tubes and end up in the ovaries resulting in the dreaded disease. But, what is the link between fallopian tube cancer and ovarian cancer? The following article explores the question

Most cases of high-grade serous cancer (HSGC) ― the most lethal form of ovarian cancer ― arise from the fallopian tubes rather than the ovaries, concludes a literature review published in the April issue of Cancer Prevention Research.

“There has been a major breakthrough in our understanding of the origin of ovarian cancer with the identification of the fallopian tubes as the major source of the cancer,” commented first author Mary Daly, MD, head of the Genetics Risk Assessment Division of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She even suggested that in the future, ovarian cancer may be described as fallopian tube cancer.

“This raises the possibility of altering our risk-reducing surgery approach, specifically, by removing the fallopian tubes first, while a woman is still premenopausal, and then removing the ovaries at the time of onset of menopause,” Dr Daly explained. “This would spare women the side effects and long-term health risks associated with early surgical menopause.”

For women with hereditary risk for ovarian cancer, such as those with BRCA1/2 mutations, the standard of care has been removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes (bilateral salpingo- oopherectomy [BSO]). Although this procedure reduces the risk for ovarian cancer, it can affect quality of life, precipitate early menopause, cause sexual dysfunction, and contribute to increased risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and all-cause mortality.
Because HSGC constitutes the most common form of ovarian cancer among women with high genetic risk, the new approach (bilateral salpingectomy with ovarian retention [BSOR]) could also have a “large impact” on ovarian cancer mortality, Dr Daly and colleagues write in the article.

BSOR could also reduce ovarian cancer risk in women at average risk for ovarian cancer who are undergoing hysterectomy for benign conditions, such as fibroids. About 600,000 women undergo hysterectomies in the United States each year. Fifteen percent of women who have had a hysterectomy develop ovarian cancer, according to background information in the article.

However, in a related editorial, Mark Greene, MD, and Phuong Mai, MD, from the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, state, “in our view, BSOR is an investigational procedure that should not be routinely implemented in high-risk women until its risks and benefits are more clearly defined.”

The editorialists call for more research on the outcomes of such surgery, including impact on quality of life and on ovarian function. But they are pleased to see research moving the field forward. Recalling that in the past, when ovaries were removed prophylactically, the fallopian tubes were often left behind, they note that the current standard is to remove both ovaries and fallopian tubes. This latest research points to the importance of the fallopian tubes in ovarian carcinogenesis and is providing “invaluable etiologic and clinical leads that promise to refine and improve both the prevention and management of ovarian cancer,” they write.

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Alternatives To Talcum Powder

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline continues to get calls on a daily basis from women with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer seeking a Talcum Powder lawyer. The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline offers the latest news on Talcum Powder and the Talc Lawsuits. We found this article online about alternatives to talcum powder and think it will be helpful to our readers.

What Are The Alternatives To Talcum Powder?

Not all medical professionals agree that a link between baby powder and ovarian cancer exists.
The recent headlines about baby powder and its connection to ovarian cancer may raise more questions than answers. In February, a Missouri court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of Jackie Fox, a woman who died of ovarian cancer. The lawsuit said her death was linked to her 50-year daily habit of applying baby powder. But Johnson & Johnson insisted a correlation between talc powder and ovarian cancer has not been proven.

“The verdict goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc as a cosmetic ingredient in multiple products, and while we sympathize with the family of the plaintiff, we strongly disagree with the outcome,” a spokesman for the company said in a statement.

Prosecutors say Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk since the early 1980s and did not protect its customers. In fact, the first study conducted on talc powder use on female genitalia found a 92 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer with women who reported genital talc use. But still, other doctors disagree. “Several decades of medical research do not support the hypothesis that use of talcum powder causes ovarian cancer,” said Dr. Hal Lawrence, chief executive officer of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

If all this back-and-forth has you questioning your baby powder usage, fear not. There are some safe alternatives to talc powder:

Cornstarch. Found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store, cornstarch is a great natural alternative to talc. The consistency is exactly the same, so it’ll help soak up wetness just as well. Cornstarch is derived from the endosperm of a corn kernel and is often used to help thicken sauces.

Arrowroot starch or tapioca starch. Both staples in a paleo baker’s kitchen, these starches are all-natural alternatives to talc. Arrowroot is derived from several tropical South American plants. Tapioca starch is derived from the crushed-up pulp of the South American cassava plant, a woody shrub. Both are used in paleo recipes as alternatives to flour and cornstarch. If you’re using it to on your baby’s sore bottom, try this recipe with some extra ingredients to help soothe.

Baking soda. You thought sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda, only had 100 uses. Well, here’s one more: This common pantry item can be used in place of baby powder. Some people even use it as deodorant, applying some to their underarms each morning. It can also deodorize the air. As a matter of fact, I keep one container in my pantry, one under my sink, one in my laundry room and one in the bathroom.

Oat flour. Try this if you’re looking for a slightly coarser powder than the ones mentioned above.

Commercial baby powder alternatives. These products combine the items listed above with essential oils, so the powder smells pretty nice. Just to name a few:

Burt’s Bee’s Baby Dusting Powder
Honeybee Gardens Deodorant Powder
The Honest Company Organic Baby Powder
Nature’s Baby Dusting Powder
Here’s one last reason to consider the all-natural route: Talc is poisonous when inhaled or swallowed. It can cause breathing problems, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics urges caution when it comes to using talc powder on babies.

If you or a loved one has a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and you or they have used Talcum Powder to dry off around the genital areas for over five years it would be in your best interest to call the Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline and speak to one of our talcum powder lawyers

FDA Approves New Ovarian Cancer Drug

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline has qualified Baby Powder and Shower To Shower lawyers for women who feel their ovarian cancer diagnosis is due to ” dusting Off ” for years with talcum powder products.  The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline continues to keep woman and families updated on the talcum Powder Lawsuit latest news and any new research or news pertaining to ovarian cancer that we think will be helpful to our readers.

We found this  online and feel it is important information for our readers.

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to identify patients eligible to receive the drug.

Lynparza (olaparib) belongs to a new class of drugs called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. The drug is for women who have already received extensive treatment for advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes, according to an FDA news release issued Friday.

“Today’s approval constitutes the first of a new class of drugs for treating ovarian cancer,” Dr. Richard Pazdur, director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in the news release.

“Lynparza is approved for patients with specific abnormalities in the BRCA gene and is an example of how a greater understanding of the underlying mechanisms of disease can lead to targeted, more personalized treatment,” he said.

Approval of the AstraZeneca drug was based on a clinical trial of almost 140 women with BRCA mutation-associated ovarian cancer. Thirty-four percent of the patients on the drug had partial shrinkage or complete disappearance of their tumors for an average of eight months, the FDA reported.

Nausea, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, decreased appetite, joint and muscle pain, and cold-like symptoms were common side effects of the drug. More serious side effects included lung inflammation; the bone marrow cancer acute myeloid leukemia; and myelodysplastic syndrome, a condition where the bone marrow is unable to produce enough functioning blood cells, the FDA said.

Women must undergo a genetic test to confirm BRCA gene mutations before they can be treated with Lynparza. The test to confirm those genes was approved by the FDA in conjunction with the drug.

BRCA genes play a role in repairing damaged DNA. Normally, they work to suppress tumor growth. Women with mutations that cause defective BRCA genes have an increased risk for ovarian and breast cancer. It’s believed that 10 to 15 percent of all ovarian cancer is associated with these mutations, the FDA said.

In 2014, nearly 22,000 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 14,000 will die from the disease, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

If you or a loved one has a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and has used talcum powder products for years contact the Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline.

Liquid Biopsies For Earlier Ovarian Cancer Tracking

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline continues in one of  it’s missions  to offer the latest news regarding ovarian cancer. We receive dozens of calls on a daily basis from women who feel their use of Talcum Powder products has resulted in their ovarian cancer diagnosis. We continue to connect women with qualified talcum powder ovarian cancer lawyers and offer news we feel will be helpful to these women.

We found this latest news online and hope it will be helpful to our followers.

There is new news about  liquid biopsies offering  hope for earlier treatment and  better tracking of ovarian cancer.

A promising new way to monitor and treat recurrence of ovarian cancer has been identified by researchers a hard-to-detect disease that claims many lives. New research finds liquid biopsies from blood tests and DNA sequencing can detect a return of ovarian cancer long before a tumor reappears.

If you have used Talcum Powder products and suspect an ovarian cancer this may be an option to check out with your doctor.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have found a promising new way to monitor and treat recurrence of ovarian cancer — a hard-to-detect disease that claims many lives. New research from George Vasmatzis, Ph.D., of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, finds liquid biopsies from blood tests and DNA sequencing can detect a return of ovarian cancer long before a tumor reappears. That could lead to earlier intervention and more effective, individualized treatment. Dr. Vasmatzis’ research on the “Quantification of Somatic Chromosomal Rearrangements in Circulating Cell-free DNA From Ovarian Cancers” is published in the July 20 edition of Scientific Reports.

“With liquid biopsies, we don’t have to wait for tumor growth to get a DNA sample,” says Dr. Vasmatzis. “This important discovery makes it possible for us detect recurrence of the disease earlier than other diagnostic methods. We can repeat liquid biopsies to monitor the progression of the cancer. That gives hope of a better treatment plan over time.”

The study was done on 10 patients in advanced stages of ovarian cancer. Blood was drawn before and after surgery. Investigators compared DNA from the liquid blood biopsies to DNA tissue samples from the tumor, using mate-pair sequencing — an inexpensive whole exome sequencing that can reveal genetic changes that contribute to tumor growth.

“In this study, the blood drawn before and after surgery and the surgical tissue was used to identify DNA fragments with abnormal junctions that can only be seen in this patient’s tumor DNA,” explains Dr. Vasmatzis. “Next-generation mate-pair sequencing was used to identify specific DNA changes of the tumor to create an individualized monitoring panel for liquid biopsy. This allows us to shape treatment to the individual patient rather than using a standard treatment that may not work for everyone.”

When post-surgery DNA matched that of the tumor, patients were later found to have had a recurrence of ovarian cancer. However, when the post-surgery DNA did not match the DNA of the tumor, patients were found to be in remission.

Ovarian cancer has one of the highest death rates of all gynecological cancers, because the tumor often cannot be detected until the late stages. Most patients go into remission after initial treatment, but the tumor returns 75 percent of the time. The next stage of ovarian cancer that develops typically does not respond to chemotherapy. More than 21,000 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and 14,000 women died of the disease in 2015.

We wonder if the 1000’s of women using talcum powder products and the latest research on the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer has anything to do with such huge numbers. Many women have used talcum powder for years, especially in the Afro American and Hispanic community. J & J marketed their products to these women and the idea of smelling fresh and clean became a girlfriend to girlfriend positive  in smelling  “sweet and fresh like  Talcum Powder today.”

New Drug For Ovarian Cancer

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is more then just Talcum Powder or Baby Powder lawyers. We keep you updated on the latest ovarian cancer news and treatments. We found this online and hope it helps.

New Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first of a new class of drugs, called PARP inhibitors, to treat advanced ovarian cancer (cancer that has spread beyond the ovaries and pelvic area).

The new drug, called Lynparza (olaparib), is taken as a pill.

Lynparza is recommended for women with both advanced ovarian cancer and an inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation who have undergone three or more previous rounds of chemo.

In a small clinical trial, about one-third of the women who got the new drug had their tumors shrink or disappear for an average of about eight months.

Talc particles from Talcum powder can travel to the ovaries and cause cancer cells. Ovarian cancer is often fatal. The manufacturers knew about the potential risks and never published a warning or added a warning label. Why? Because Talcum powder and Baby Powder is a multi million dollar industry and was marketed for adult women to use for personal hygiene to keep private areas dry.

Latest Research on Ovarian Cancer

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is more then just a network of experienced Talcum Powder Lawsuit Attorneys. We offer ovarian cancer resources and updates that are found online. Below you will find some of the latest research on ovarian cancer. It is now known, that the manufacturers knew that there was a potential link between ovarian cancer and the use of Talcum Powder and Baby Powder. The jury knew it when they gave the family of a talcum powder- ovarian cancer victim $72 million.

We found this page on the latest research and offer it to our followers. We hope this helps.

Ovarian Cancer – Latest Research
Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2015

Doctors are working to learn more about ovarian cancer, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with this disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the diagnostic and treatment options best for you.

Screening For Ovarian Cancer

There are no currently effective screening methods for the general population. A screening method that estimates a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer by using her age and the results of a yearly CA-125 blood test holds promise for detecting early-stage ovarian cancer. An international study is looking into the role of serial CA-125 screening for ovarian cancer. As explained in Diagnosis, CA-125 is a substance called a tumor marker that is found in higher levels in women with ovarian cancer.

In 2012, the U.S Preventative Services Task Force released a statement saying that for the general population of women with no symptoms, screening for ovarian cancer is not helpful and may lead to harm. However, women at high risk for ovarian cancer due to family history or with a BRCA mutation(s) (see Risk Factors) are recommended to have screening with CA-125 blood tests and transvaginal ultrasound. This approach has not been proven to improve survival or detect cancers at an earlier and more curable stage.

Targeted Therapy For Ovarian Cancer

Targeted therapy is a treatment that targets the cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival.

Some targeted therapy is directed towards specific genes that might be found with abnormalities in certain types of epithelial ovarian cancer. For this purpose, ovarian cancer is divided into two groups:  type I and type II.  Type II cancers are the more typical high grade serous cancers, for which standard chemotherapy has been most effective. These tumors typically are diagnosed at later stages and have mutations in TP53 and BRCA genes in the tumor.  Other mutations are rarely seen.

The BRCA mutation, even if only found in the tumor and not in the blood, may increase the effectiveness of a certain classes of drugs such as PARP inhibitors (see below).  Type I tumors include the more rare types of ovarian cancer including low grade serous, endometrioid, clear cell, and mucinous cancers.  These tumors have a variety of mutations including KRAS, BRAF, PI3KCA and PTEN, which have implications for targeted treatment. Clinical trials in these groups are ongoing.

Anti-Angiogenesis Inhibitors For Ovarian Cancer

Drugs called anti-angiogenesis inhibitors block the action of a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). These drugs have been shown to increase the cancer’s response to treatment and delay the time it takes for the cancer to return. VEGF promotes angiogenesis, which is the formation of new blood vessels. Because a tumor needs nutrients delivered by blood vessels to grow and spread, the goal of anti-angiogensis therapies is to “starve” the tumor. Bevacizumab (Avastin), an antibody which binds VEGF and prevents it from being active, has been shown to be effective in ovarian cancer.  FDA approval was recently given in the United States for its use in combination with selected chemotherapy for patients with platinum resistant recurrence.
PARP Inhibitors For Ovarian Cancer

Another class of drugs, called PARP inhibitors, are being evaluated for ovarian cancer.  These drugs act on DNA repair in cancer cells, making it difficult for them to replicate.  The BRCA genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) are also normally involved in DNA repair, and a mutation in these genes interfere with this pathway function.  PARP inhibitors make it particularly difficult for cells that otherwise have a BRCA mutation to grow and divide.

The PARP inhibitor olaparib (Lynparza) has received FDA approval in the United States for recurrent disease in patients who have the inherited BRCA mutation and who have received three or more lines of chemotherapy.  In the supporting study of 137 patients with a BRCA mutation, 34% of patients experienced shrinkage in tumor for an average of 7.9 months. A very small number of patients developed secondary hematologic (blood) cancers after use of these drugs. Studies are currently underway with other PARP inhibitors, which do not all require the inherited BRCA mutation. These are being tested to see if they can keep the cancer from coming back after chemotherapy. The potential benefits and risks of PARP therapy should be discussed with your doctor.
Many other new targeted treatments are also now in clinical trials. Increasingly, doctors are learning about each patient’s individual tumor’s biology through direct molecular testing. This information may be useful in matching patients with a clinical trial for a specific targeted therapy.  Learn more about the basics of targeted therapy.

Immunotherapy For Ovarian Cancer

Immunotherapy is usually designed to boost the body’s natural defenses to fight the cancer. It uses materials made either by the body or in a laboratory to bolster, target, or restore immune system function. Researchers are currently examining whether drugs called checkpoint inhibitors may boost the immune system’s ability to destroy cancer cells.  Examples of these drugs target CTLA4 or PD-1 and have recently been shown to cause shrinkage in other cancer types such as melanoma, as well as having some activity in patients with ovarian cancer.

Cancer vaccines are another type of immunotherapy currently being tested for ovarian cancer.  In addition, some approaches called “adoptive cell therapy” take killer T cells found as part of the immune system in an individual patient and grow them in the laboratory, train them to attack certain targets such as MUC 16 (CA125) that is found on any ovarian cancer cells, and them give them back intravenously to the patient.  This approach has been tried in patients with hematologic cancers using other targets with some early success, and clinical trials are now opening for ovarian cancer.  Learn more about the basics of immunotherapy.

Hormone Therapy For Ovarian Cancer

Research is underway about the role of estrogen, androgens, and other hormones in ovarian cancer treatment. For treatment of recurrent or later-stage ovarian cancer,  the use of tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamax), aromatase inhibitors, and enzalutamide (Xtandi), a blocker of the androgen receptor, is being considered.

Gene Therapy For Ovarian Cancer

One new area of research is discovering how damaged genes in ovarian cancer cells can be corrected or replaced. Researchers are studying the use of specially designed viruses that carry normal genes into the core of cancer cells and then replace the defective genes with the functional ones.

Supportive Care For Ovarian Cancer

Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current ovarian cancer treatments, in order to improve a woman’s comfort and quality of life.

We will continue to search the net for ovarian cancer  information to help our clients. Our goal is to offer information that may help

 

Cancer Resource Guide

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is a source for ovarian cancer organization in the U.S. Below is a list of cancer help organizations covering  Northeast Florida. Research is showing that women who used Talcum Powder products to stay dry in the pelvic area have a better chance of developing ovarian cancer. Lawsuits have been filed. In a recent lawsuit a jury found Johnson and Johnson negligent in warning women of the risk and a 72 million dollar settlement was awarded to the family. Their mom passed away from ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for years. It appears that the talc particles can travel to the ovaries and remain there for years. This leads to the development of cancer cells. These cells have been found in the biopsy specimens. The list below was found online. We hope it will be helpful to the 100’s of women who visit our site on a daily basis seeking help, information and a Talcum powder lawyer. lawyer.
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
http://www.aacr.org
The mission of AACR is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication and collaboration.
Contact:
866‑423‑­3965
American Institute for Cancer Research
http://www.aicr.org
Provides information about cancer prevention, particularly through diet and nutrition; featuring a toll-­free nutrition hotline, pen pal support network and research funding.
Contact:
800‑843‑8114
American Psychosocial Oncology Society
http://www.apos-society.org
Helpline through which cancer patients, caregivers and advocacy organizations may obtain referrals for local counseling services throughout the United States. This referral program aims to connect cancer patients and their caregivers to psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and counselors skilled in the management of cancer-related distress.
Contact:
Referral Helpline 866‑276‑7443. Calls are accepted 24 hours a day through a voicemail system.
154 Hansen Road, Ste. 201
Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
American Society of Clinical Oncology
http://www.asco.org
Provides resources for healthcare providers but includes patient-friendly tools such as help finding an oncologist, and up­-to-­date information about cancer policy issues.
Contact:
571­‑483‑­1300
Be The Match
http://www.BeTheMatch.org/patient
Provides assistance to patients and their physicians in the search for an unrelated stem cell donor. Provides general information about the stem cell transplant process, the search process, financial issues associated with the transplantation process and Patient Advocacy.
Contact:
888‑999‑6743
C-Change
http://www.cchangetogether.org
The mission of C-­Change is to eliminate cancer as a public health problem, at the earliest possible time, by leveraging the expertise and resources of its members. C-­Change is both a forum and a catalyst for identifying issues and major challenges facing the cancer community and for initiating collaborative actions to complement the efforts of individual C-Change members. C-Change focuses on advocacy, strategic initiatives and research. Free toolkits and resources available.
Contact:
202­‑756‑­1600
Cancer and Careers
http://www.cancerandcareers.org
Provides cancer-related expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Also offers publications, resources, and support for cancer patients going through treatment and returning to work.
Contact:
Cancer Answers H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
http://www.moffitt.usf.edu
Answers for cancer related questions.
Contact:
800‑456‑7121
Cancer Care, Inc.
http://www.cancercare.org
A national nonprofit agency that offers free support, information, financial assistance and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones. Services are available in person, over the phone and through the agency’s website. Spanish language help available.
Contact:
800­‑813‑HOPE
Cancer Hope Network
http://www.cancerhopenetwork.org
Provides support to cancer patients and their families by matching them with trained volunteers who have undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.
Contact:
800‑552‑4366
Cancer Information and Counseling Line
http://www.amc.org/programs.html
A toll-free national service provided by AMC Cancer Research Center. Provides emotional support, up-to-date medical information and resource referrals through counseling. Available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST.
Contact:
800‑525‑3777
Cancer Support Community
http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org
Provides free psychological and emotional support to cancer patients and their families. They offer support groups on stress reduction and cancer education workshops, nutrition guidance, exercise sessions and social events.
Contact:
888­‑793­‑9355
Cancer.Net
http://www.cancer.net
The patient information website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology provides timely, oncologist-approved information to help patients and families make informed healthcare decisions.
Contact:
888­‑651­‑3038
Cancer101
http://www.cancer101.org
Cancer101’s mission is to empower cancer patients and their caregivers to take control over their diagnoses and engage them as active partners in their care, by arming them with a toolkit to navigate their cancer journey.
Contact:
646‑638‑2202
CancerCare Inc
http://www.cancercare.org
CancerCare provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones and the bereaved. CancerCare programs including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.
Contact:
Information/Referral
800‑813‑4673
Cancervive, Inc.
http://www.cancervive.org
Since 1985, Cancervive has provided counseling, education and advocacy to cancer patients, family members and health professionals. Popular education materials include books, DVDs and games.
Contact:
Chemocare.com
http://www.chemocare.com
Scott Hamilton’s site focuses on chemotherapy managing side effects, survivor experiences and more.
Contact:
Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups
http://www.cancertrialshelp.org
Mission: to improve the quality of life and survival of cancer patients by increasing participation in cancer clinical trials. Features a tool to search for current trials.
Contact:
877­‑227­‑8451
Commission on Cancer
http://www.facs.org/cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
Contact:
312‑202‑5085
CURE
http://www.curetoday.com
CURE quarterly magazine is available free of charge to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Subscribers receive clear and comprehensive information in order to better understand cancer. Additionally, CURE, in association with the American Cancer Society, publishes an annual Cancer Resource Guide, which is sent to every new subscriber. CURE will also send free magazines for your support groups, community events, churches, etc.
Contact:
subs@curetoday.com
Debbie’s Dream
http://www.debbiesdream.org/portal/
Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (formerly known as Can’t Stomach Cancer: The Foundation of Debbie’s Dream) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
Contact:
Admin@DebbiesDream.org
(954) 475‑1200
Dia de la Mujer Latina, Inc.
http://www.diadelamujerlatina.org
Promotes health awareness to the underserved Latino community by providing ethnic-specific education with a focus on early detection screening of breast and cervical cancer, as well as other chronic diseases. Resources for hosting a Health Fiesta.
Contact:
281­‑489­‑1111
Florida Cancer Trials, Inc.
http://www.FloridaCancerTrials.com
Florida Cancer Clinical Trial Information and Matching Service: This is a Web and Telephone-based resource that allows the user to search for and identify active clinical trials throughout Florida for more than 100 different cancers. The patient would be matched to trials by completing a Confidential Patient Profile.
Contact:
Clinical Trials Specialists
800‑584‑9976
Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC)
http://www.iccnetwork.org
ICC promotes policies, programs, partnerships, and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the US.
Contact:
713­‑798­‑4614
Livestrong: Lance Armstrong Foundation
http://www.livestrong.org
Focuses its activities on: survivor resources and support, survivorship programs, national advocacy initiatives, scientific and clinical research grants. A particularly useful tool is the Livestrong Guidebook which functions as a workbook and provides information that is needed from the time of diagnosis through cancer treatment and beyond free through website.
Contact:
866­‑673‑7205
Mesothelioma Help Now

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Mesothelioma Help Now is a leading online resource helping those affected with mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.
Contact:
800‑584‑4151
National Cancer Institute
http://www.cancer.gov
Provides up-to-­date information on all cancer types, information on clinical trials, resources for people dealing with cancer, and information for researchers and health professionals.
Contact:
800­‑4‑CANCER
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
http://www.canceradvocacy.org
A network of groups and individuals that offer support to cancer survivors and their loved ones. Offers the Cancer Survival Toolbox, a free, self-­learning audio program designed to help people cultivate important skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness.
Contact:
888­‑650­‑9127
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
http://www.nccn.com
The NCCN Guidelines for Patients aim to help people with cancer and their loved ones discuss the best treatment options for them with their physicians. The NCCN Website covers a wide array of cancer topics for patients, caregivers and their families.
Contact:
215‑690‑0300
National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN)
http://www.nvcnetwork.org
National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN) is an interfaith volunteer caregiving initiative that brings together volunteers to help people of all ages with long-term health needs to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Program availability and eligibility vary from one geographic area to another based on age, illness type and other criteria. Services are listed by state on the Website.
Contact:
Olympian Shannon Miller’s FREE “Competing with Cancer” eBook
http://www.shannonmillerlifestyle.com
America’s most decorated gymnast, Shannon Miller, battled ovarian cancer and survived… this was a battle fought under the age of 35 and with a baby at home. Get your free eBook at our Competing with Cancer tab on the homepage.Languages Spoken: English
Contact:
Lauren Fox
Lauren@shannonmillerlifestyle.com
877‑344‑8502
4319 Salisbury Road North
Jacksonville, FL 32216
OncoLink
http://www.oncolink.com
Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center, this website provides information about specific cancers, updates on treatments and research advances.
Contact:
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
http://www.patientadvocate.org
The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is a national nonprofit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys.
Contact:
800‑532‑5274
421 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, Virginia 23666
R. A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, Inc.
http://www.blochcancer.org
The foundation matches newly diagnosed cancer patients with trained home-­based volunteers who have been treated for the same type of cancer. Trained volunteers (about 600) talk to patients about their cancer experience. Publications available: Fighting Cancer, Guide for Cancer Support and Cancer There’s Hope.
Contact:
800­‑433­‑0464, answering service after hours.
Society for Integrative Oncology
http://www.Integrativeonc.org/index.php/For-Patients
Provides guidelines and resources pertaining to integrative oncology, treatment and helps search for open clinical trials.
Contact:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
http://www.komen.org
A resource on many things relating to breast health and breast cancer. Lists community health grants, scholarships, research programs and more.
Contact:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
http://lls.org
Our Mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. LLS is committed to reaching out to those with leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative diseases in meaningful ways. LLS offers programs to meet the needs of patients, families and oncology professionals including support groups, financial assistance, and patient education.Languages Spoken: English
Contact:
Jenna Gailliard
jenna.gailliard@gmail.com
904‑332‑6414
7077 Bonneval Rd. Ste. 103
Jacksonville, FL
32216
Vital Options TeleSupport Cancer Network
http://www.vitaloptions.org
An organization that facilitates a syndicated cancer talk show linking callers with patients, long-term survivors, family members, physicians, researchers and therapists. Services in English and French.
Contact:
818­‑508­‑5657
Children and Youth
Children With Hairloss
http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us
Provider offers hair replacement to children with any form of medically-related hair loss. Program provides a wig and wig care kit, a hat with attachable hair, and free styling services. Provider also accepts donated hair.
Contact:
734‑379‑4400
12776 S. Dixie Hwy., Rockwood, Michigan 48179
CureSearch

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Funds and supports children’s cancer research and provides information and resources to all those affected by children’s cancer.
Contact:
800‑458‑6223
L Erickson USA
http://www.franceluxe.com
Provides a free headwrap or scarf in the pattern and color of your choosing for women or girls experiencing a loss or thinning of hair as a result of illness or treatment. Please call or visit the website to select the headwrap or scarf. Wraps and scarves can be shipped nationwide.
Contact:
888‑884‑3653
349 E. 3rd Street
North Bend, Washington 98045
Planet Cancer
http://www.planetcancer.org
An online community for young adults affected by cancer
Contact:
512‑452‑9010
Stupid Cancer
http://www.stupidcancer.com
The I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation is the nation’s largest support community for young adults affected by cancer (15-40) and serves as a bullhorn for the young adult cancer movement. They offer online and offline support communities nationwide through local events, social media, educational workshops, an international annual conference and a live weekly talk radio program.
Contact:
212‑619‑1040
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

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Serves young adults affected by cancer worldwide, and offers support groups for them, their family and friends.
Contact:
888­‑393­‑3863
Wigs for Kids
http://www.wigsforkids.org
Wigs for Kids is a nonprofit organization providing hair replacement solutions for children affected by hair loss subsequent to medical conditions or treatment procedures. The hairpieces and services are provided without any associated costs to the families of the children.
Contact:
440‑333‑4433
Young Survival Coalition
http://www.youngsurvival.org
A global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women with breast cancer. Young Survival Coalition offers resources, connections and outreach so young women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. Free support groups over the phone and online advice about managing insurance or the lack thereof. Resources for the uninsured are listed as well.
Contact:
877­‑YSC‑1011
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
MD Anderson Cancer Center Complementary
http://www.mdanderson.org/departments/CIMER
Integrative Medicine Education Resources. When properly combined with standard cancer treatments, some complementary therapies can enhance wellness and quality of life, but others may be harmful during or after treatment for cancer. This website is offered to help patients and physicians decide how best to integrate such therapies into their care.
Contact:
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Integrative Medicine
http://mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine
Offers touch therapy, mind-body therapy, acupuncture, creative therapy, nutrition counseling, and exercise programs to improve strength and promote relaxation. Services available for cancer patients and family members.
Contact:
212‑639‑2000
National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
http://www.cancer.gov/cam/health_patients.html
Offers health information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), therapies and tips for talking with healthcare providers. Also includes ways to find CAM programs and providers, and advice for paying CAM therapies.
Contact:
800‑422‑6237
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
http://nccam.nih.gov
Supplies scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Also includes health information, grant and funding options, training resources, news updates and information on how to find a CAM practitioner.
Contact:
888‑644‑6226
Men
The John Wayne Cancer Foundation
http://www.jwcf.org
Creates programs for the advocacy and support of men fighting cancer and is associated with cancer research and education at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA.
Contact:
949­‑631­‑8400
Pain
American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
http://www.theacpa.org
ACPA aims to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain.
Contact:
800‑533­‑3231
American Pain Foundation
http://www.painfoundation.org
Having cancer can put you and your family on a difficult, unpredictable, emotional journey. But managing the symptoms of cancer and its treatment, including pain, fatigue, nausea, depression and problems with sexuality, is an important part of comprehensive, quality cancer care.
Contact:
888‑615‑­PAIN (7246)
National Pain Foundation
http://www.nationalpainfoundation.org
Seeks to improve the quality of life for those living with pain through information, education and support that connects persons with pain to each other and to those that can help.
Contact:
Prescriptions
Diplomat’s Oncology Navigator Program
http://www.diplomatpharmacy.com
Offers drug assistance. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy’s Oncology Navigator Program provides clinical and reimbursement solutions to patients with oncologic and hematologic disorders. Financial assistance may be available for patients who meet annual benefit maximums, are among the working poor or on disability and financially unable to burden their co-payments or co-insurance liabilities.
Contact:
Patient Care Coordinator
877‑977‑9118
4100 S Saginaw Street
Flint, Michigan 48507
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
http://www.pparx.org
Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free.
Contact:
1­‑888­‑477­‑2669
Patient Advocate Foundation
http://www.patientadvocate.org
Mission: To provide effective mediation and arbitration services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare such as medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues for patients with chronic, debilitating and life­threatening illnesses.
Contact:
800‑532­‑5274
RxAssist
http://www.rxassist.org
Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news and articles so that healthcare professionals and patients can find the information they need.
Contact:
info@rxassist.org
Social Security
http://www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp
Updated information on the Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, an estimated value of $4,000 for qualified applicants.
Contact:
800­‑633­‑4227
Women
Cleaning For a Reason
http://www.cleaningforareason.org
Cleaning For a Reason is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that cleans homes for women with cancer for FREE. Their partner maid services have helped over 10,000 women receive over $2.6 million in free house cleaning.
Contact:
877‑337‑3348
Fertile Hope
http://www.fertilehope.org
Dedicated to helping cancer patients with fertility issues.
Contact:
866­‑965‑7205
Foundation for Women’s Cancer
http://www.thegcf.org
Core mission: To increase awareness and education, support expanded research and training, and provide knowledge and hope for women diagnosed
with cancers specific to them.
Contact:
800‑444‑4441
L Erickson USA
http://www.franceluxe.com
Provides a free headwrap or scarf in the pattern and color of your choosing for women or girls experiencing a loss or thinning of hair as a result of illness or treatment. Please call or visit the website to select the headwrap or scarf. Wraps and scarves can be shipped nationwide.
Contact:
888‑884‑3653
349 E. 3rd Street
North Bend, Washington 98045
MyOncofertility.org
http://www.myoncofertility.org
An education resource that provides patients, parents and partners with cancer-related advice, animations, survivor videos and resources.
Contact:
866‑708‑3378
Olympian Shannon Miller’s FREE “Competing with Cancer” eBook
http://www.shannonmillerlifestyle.com
America’s most decorated gymnast, Shannon Miller, battled ovarian cancer and survived… this was a battle fought under the age of 35 and with a baby at home. Get your free eBook at our Competing with Cancer tab on the homepage.Languages Spoken: English
Contact:
Lauren Fox
Lauren@shannonmillerlifestyle.com
877‑344‑8502
4319 Salisbury Road North
Jacksonville, FL 32216
S.H.E Circle
http://www.shecircle.org
A wellness community by and for African American lesbian and bisexual women. As a national health education program, S.H.E Circle encourages African American women to learn about health issues, ask questions, share information, connect with resources and provide support to each other.
Contact:
1-866-MAUTNER (628-8637)
Toll‑free number: 202‑332‑5536
Sisters Network, Inc. (SN)
http://www.sistersnetworkinc.org
SN seeks to bring awareness to the impact of breast cancer in the African American community. All chapters are run by breast cancer survivors. NE Florida Chapter is in Jacksonville.
Contact:
904­‑757­‑6622
The Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer
http://www.mautnerproject.org
Provides support, education, information and advocacy for health issues relating to lesbians with cancer and their families.
Contact:
202‑332­‑5536
Bladder Cancer
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
http://www.bcan.org
Increases public awareness, advances bladder cancer research, and provides educational and support services to the bladder cancer community.
Contact:
888‑901‑2226
Breast Cancer
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
http://www.y-me.org
Y-ME is a nonprofit organization serving men and women with breast cancer, as well as their families and friends. Its mission is to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone.
Contact:
800‑221‑2141
135 S. LaSalle Street
Ste. 200
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Breast Cancer Action (BCA)

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BCA was started by women in a San Francisco breast cancer support group who were frustrated by the lack of knowledge about their disease. BCA is now a national education and activist organization that asks the hard questions about what needs to be done to end the breast cancer epidemic.
Contact:
Colorectal Cancer
Colon Cancer Alliance
http://www.ccalliance.org
A national patient advocacy organization that offers support, resources, news, events and research to cancer patients.
Contact:
877‑422‑2030
Fight Colorectal Cancer
http://www.fightcolorectalcancer.org
Offers support for patients, family members, and caregivers affected by colorectal cancer. Also serves as a resource for colorectal cancer advocates, policymakers, medical professionals and healthcare providers.
Contact:
877‑427‑2111
Endometrial/Ovarian/Uterine Cancer
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
http://www.ocrf.org/index.php
Learn about ovarian cancer risk factors, causes, signs and symptoms, clinical trials and other resources. The Hope Line, 1-877-OV-HOPE, is a free telephone counseling and referral service that helps patients and families cope with the challenges of an ovarian cancer diagnosis.
Contact:
1‑877‑OV‑HOPE
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

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Serves as an advocate for women with ovarian cancer. They work to increase understanding among the public and professionals and advance research for the development of an early detection test, improved healthcare practices and life-saving treatment protocols.
Contact:
202‑331‑1332/ 866‑399‑6262
Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association

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Provides information and support for esophageal cancer patients and caregivers.
Contact:
800‑601‑0613
Head and Neck Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer Alliance
http://www.headandneck.org
Offers support, education and resources to patients with head and neck cancers.
Contact:
866‑792‑4622
Support for People with Head and Neck Cancer
http://www.spohnc.org
Includes support, education, a survivor network, newsletters and clinical trials.
Contact:
800‑377‑0928
Kidney Cancer
Kidney Cancer Association

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Provides information, clinical trials, sponsor support groups, physician referral information, and news for those affected by kidney cancer.
Contact:
800‑850‑9132
Leukemia and Lymphoma
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
http://www.lls.org
Masters level social workers and health educators answer calls from patients and medical professionals. LLS also offers a patient financial aid program, co-pay assistance program and more. North Florida affiliate in Jacksonville.
Contact:
800­‑955‑4572
Liver Cancer
YES
http://www.beatlivertumors.org
Provides information, resources, support, and hope for anyone affected by liver tumors.
Contact:
877‑937‑7478
Lung Cancer
LungCANCER.org
http://www.lungcancer.org
Provides CancerCare services for patients, survivors, loved ones, caregivers, and the bereaved. Services include counseling and support groups, educational publications and workshops, and financial assistance.
Contact:
800‑813‑4673
Lung Cancer Alliance
http://www.lungcanceralliance.org
Provides information on risk, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of lung cancer. Also offers psychosocial support and advocacy for patients and those at risk.
Contact:
800‑298‑2436
Marrow Cancer
National Marrow Donor Program
http://www.marrow.org
Conducts and supports research through public resources. Provides information for potential donors, patient advocacy aid assistance and patient education materials.
Contact:
800‑627‑7692
Melanoma
Melanoma International Foundation
http://www.safefromthesun.org
Provides information on prevention and early detection, a toll-free hotline for patients and their families, and directs local screening and education programs.
Contact:
866‑463‑6663
Melanoma Research Foundation
http://www.melanoma.org
Supports medical research in finding treatments, and educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of melanoma.
Contact:
877‑673‑6460
Skin Cancer Foundation
http://www.skincancer.org
Provides information and programs on education, prevention, early detection and treatment for skin cancer.
Contact:
800‑754‑6490
Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma Center

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Features information on the dangers of asbestos, mesothelioma cancer and where to find treatment facilities in your area. Patient advocates are also on hand to help patients get connected with doctor match programs.
Contact:
Jeffrey Jocoy
jeff@asbestos.com
800‑615‑2270
189 S Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Mesothelioma Resource Online

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Mesothelioma Resource Online has created and developed this site to provide answers and support for people diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, as well as their families and loved ones.
Contact:
webmaster@mesotheliomasymptoms.com
(855) 584‑0411
One William Street
New York, NY 10004
Mesothelioma Help Now

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Mesothelioma Help Now is a leading online resource helping those affected with mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.
Contact:
800‑584‑4151
Multiple Myeloma
International Myeloma Foundation
http://mwww.myeloma.org
The International Myeloma Foundation provides a toll-free hotline, educational materials and seminars for patients and their families.
Contact:
800‑452‑2873
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
http://www.themmrf.org
Includes a newsletter, teleconferences, and news updates to those affected by Multiple Myeloma. The foundation also supports the drug discovery and development process in order to bring patients new therapies.
Contact:
203‑299‑0464
Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
http://www.pancan.org
A national organization creating hope through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure.
Contact:
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
http://www.pancan.org
Committed to programs and services that provide information to patients, health professionals and the general public. They seek to advance research, support patients and provide tools for patients looking to receive care.
Contact:
877‑272‑6226
Prostate Cancer
Prostate Net (PN)
http://www.prostate-­online.org
Empowers consumers, patients, survivors and their families to help make the appropriate decisions relative to treating prostate diseases and insuring the desired quality of life.
Contact:
Us TOO Prostate Cancer Education & Support
http://www.ustoo.org
Us TOO is dedicated to communicating timely and reliable information enabling informed choices regarding detection and treatment of prostate cancer.
Contact:
630­‑795­‑1002
Zero- The Project to End Prostate Cancer
http://www.zerocancer.org
Zero works to advocate its efforts towards a cancer free generation at federal and state levels, provides information for patients about treatment, and provides services to those at risk.
Contact:
888‑245‑9455
Sarcoma
Kristen Ann Carr Fund Sarcoma Forum
http://www.sarcoma.com
Provides funding for research and treatment of sarcoma, the education of young physicians, and seeks to improve the quality of cancer patient life.
Contact:
Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative
http://www.sarcomahelp.org
Increases public awareness of sarcoma, raises funds for research grants, and provides support and updated information to sarcoma patients, families and health professionals.
Contact:
914‑762‑3251
Sarcoma Alliance
http://www.sarcomaalliance.org
Provides information to patients and caregivers, an integrative discussion board, peer-to-peer services, financial assistance, and options for donating and volunteering.
Contact:
415‑381‑7236
Sarcoma Foundation of America
http://www.curesarcoma.org
Advocates for research, raises funds for grants, and conducts education and advocacy efforts on behalf of Sarcoma patients.
Contact:
301‑253‑8687
Thyroid Cancer
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association, Inc.
http://www.thyca.org
Provides education and communication for patients, families and heath care professionals, and supports research for thyroid cancer.
Contact:
877‑588‑7904

How Is Ovarian Cancer Diagnosed

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is not just lawyer referral. WE are here to offer information regarding ovarian cancer. Recent studies show that women who have used Talcum Powder products to dust near and around the vaginal area  do have  an increased risk for ovarian cancer. Biopsy has show talc particles in the specimen. Lawsuits are starting to mount up for ovarian cancer form Talcum Powder use.

If you used Talcum Powder for over five years and show symptoms that raise a red flag consider a diagnostic assessment  to see if you have ovarian cancer. Symptoms are listed on other pages on the Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline site.

How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?
Many times women with ovarian cancer have no symptoms or just mild symptoms until the disease is in an advanced stage. Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose and is often diagnosed after the disease is advanced. Some diagnostic exams and tests that may be useful are:

Pelvic exam — includes feeling the uterus, vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder and rectum to find any abnormality in their shape or size.
Ultrasound — uses high-frequency sound waves. These waves are aimed at the ovaries and produce a pattern of echoes to create a picture (sonogram). Healthy tissues, fluid-filled cysts and tumors look different on this picture.
CA-125 assay — a blood test used to measure the level of CA-125, a tumor marker that is often found in higher-than-normal amounts in the blood of women with ovarian cancer as well as other cancers.
Lower Gastrointestinal series or barium enema — a series of X-rays of the colon and rectum. The pictures are taken after the patient is given an enema with a white, chalky solution containing barium. The barium outlines the colon and rectum making tumors or other abnormal areas easier to see.
Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) scan — a series of detailed pictures of the organs inside the body created by a computer linked to an X-ray machine.
Biopsy — the removal of tissue for examination under a microscope. A definitive diagnosis of ovarian cancer requires surgery. The initial surgery has two purposes. First, to remove any cancer that exists (or as much as possible), including removing the ovaries and the uterus; and second, to sample tissues and surrounding lymph nodes to determine where the tumor has spread and the stage of the disease. The best prognosis for survival occur when all the cancer can be removed.

 

Ovarian Cancer Resources

National Cancer Information Center toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.
American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345)

Foundation for Women’s Cancer (formerly Gynecologic Cancer Foundation)

Has a directory of trained gynecologic oncologists practicing in the US; free information; and an online “survivor section” featuring articles on personal issues such as fertility, sexuality and quality of life aimed at creating an online community for women with cancer.

Toll-free number: 1-800-444-4441
Website: www.foundationforwomenscancer.org

Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry
Offers literature on ovarian cancer, referrals to available support groups nationwide, a hotline staffed by cancer information specialists, and an online version of the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry Newsletter

Toll-free number: 1-800-OVARIAN (1-800-682-7426)
Website: www.ovariancancer.com

National Cancer Institute
Their Cancer Information Service offers free, accurate, up-to-date information about cancer to patients, their families, and the general public; also can help people find clinical trials in their area.

Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
TYY: 1-800-332-8615
Website: www.cancer.gov

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

The NCCN, made up of experts from many of the nation’s leading cancer centers, develops cancer treatment guidelines for doctors to use when treating patients. Those are available on the NCCN website.

Telephone number: 1-215.690.0300

Website: www. www.nccn.org

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Services include: Information and materials on ovarian cancer (many available in Spanish); events throughout the country promoting awareness and education; the NOCC, a quarterly newsletter; clinical trial information and access; and a free Newly Diagnosed Patient Kit with a resource guide, book of survivor stories, personal journal, stories of Hope DVD and more

Toll-free number: 1-888-682-7426 (1-888-OVARIAN)
Website: www.ovarian.org

womenshealth.gov
Offers a lot of information on women’s health issues − including cancers in women

Toll-free number: 1-800-994-9662 (1-800-994-WOMAN)
TTY: 1-888-220-5446
Website: www.womenshealth.gov

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
This survivor-led group offers information specific to survivors, newly diagnosed patients, family, and friends; public education and awareness programs; Fact Sheets covering ovarian cancer, treatment, and other related issues; quarterly e-newsletters; treatment and clinical trials information; and their online store, Shop Teal, with items such as wristbands, awareness ribbons, etc.

Telephone number: 1-866-399-6262
Website: www.ovariancancer.org

American Cancer Society
We have a lot more information that you might find helpful. Explore www.cancer.org or
call our National Cancer Information Center toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.

Foundation for Women’s Cancer (formerly Gynecologic Cancer Foundation)
Toll-free number: 1-800-444-4441
Website: www.foundationforwomenscancer.org
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Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry
Toll-free number: 1-800-OVARIAN (1-800-682-7426)
Website: www.ovariancancer.com

Possible New Aggressive Ovarian Cancer Treatment In The News

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline offers resources, new ovarian cancer treatment news, updates on the Talcum Powder lawsuits, and qualified experienced Talcum Powder lawsuit attorneys.

We found this article on new Ovarian cancer treatment studies and offer it to our readers. A new study points to  MicroRNA molecule’s role in cancer gene expression to be more important than previously thought
Date:
May 5, 2016
Source:
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Summary:
Small, non-coding molecules called microRNAs are known to play an important role in cancer development. Researchers now have shown their significance is greater than previously thought, a finding that could lead to new therapeutic approaches for the most common and deadly form of ovarian cancer.

 The New Facts
Small, non-coding molecules called microRNAs are known to play an important role in cancer development. Researchers now have shown their significance is greater than previously thought, a finding that could lead to new therapeutic approaches for the most common and deadly form of ovarian cancer.

The study results, published in the May 5, 2016 online issue of Cell Reports, were reported by a team led by Gordon Mills, Ph.D., chair of Systems Biology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“MicroRNAs appear to have evolved to regulate cellular functions through having many different targets, and were thought to function mainly through down regulating the levels or functions of messenger RNA,” said Mills. “Remarkably, this study shows that microRNAs can also up regulate the expression of key cancer genes directly. This suggests that the mechanisms by which microRNAs regulate cellular function are much broader than was generally accepted.”

The team, using data from The Cancer Genome Atlas, zeroed in on the biochemical interplay between a transcription factor, STAT3, which has been associated with poor outcome in ovarian cancer patients when present in high levels, and a microRNA called miR551b. This little-studied microRNA now has been shown to impact STAT3 protein levels, contributing to resistance to cell death and increased proliferation of cancer cells both in vivo and in vitro. Mills believes this points to miR551b as a “promising candidate biomarker and therapeutic target.”

“The study supports the concept that targeting miR551b expression could block STAT3 activity, and prove useful for treating ovarian cancers,” said Mills. “We believe these findings warrant further evaluation of anti-miR therapies.”

To explore the potential of miR551b as a therapeutic target, Mills’ team treated mice with an anti-miR551b therapy, twice a week for a month and observed markedly decreased tumor growth.

“Our results demonstrate the therapeutic potential of anti-miR551b in treating ovarian cancers with high levels of miR551b,” said Mills. “Future studies will need to examine the activity of combination therapy of anti-miR551b with other therapeutic interventions.”

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