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CancerSEEK is a blood test designed to detect cancer by analyzing levels of proteins and mutations in cell-free DNA. The goal of this particular blood test is to assist in early detection, and therefore decrease cancer-related deaths, for ovarian, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung, and/or breast cancers. The results of a large trial using CancerSEEK were published in the January 18, 2018, issue of the prestigious journal Science (www.http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2018/01/17/science.aar3247). The trial included 1,005 patients who had previously been diagnosed with one of the above eight cancer types. The test correctly identified most cancers. The median for positive test results was 70%, and for the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, and esophagus cancers, the sensitivity ranged from 69% to 98%. Additionally, the test was able to narrow down the number of places where the cancer was located, with a median of 83%. When CancerSEEK was used on a control group of individuals without cancer, it produced only 7 false positives out of 812 tested. OCRFA's Scientific Advisory Committee Chair, Jeff Boyd, PhD, commented that this is "a very exciting proof-of-concept study using a novel technology," but that considerably more research would need to be done before this test could be validated for use in the general population.
The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, longtime friends and allies, announced a merger in January 2016 between the two organizations to form the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. The merger will allow them to increase their impact in fighting ovarian cancer. More information can be found here: www.ocrfa.org.
An Amazon Wish List has been created with items for the Erna's Hope Comfort Bags that are donated to women who are newly diagnosed with ovarian and other gynecologic cancers. Any items purchased are shipped directly to us. To view some of the items included in the Comfort Bags and contribute to them through our Amazon Wish List, please visit www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A1TB3H2S7GHEK9/. Thank you!
Erna's Hope also has registered with the Amazon Smile Program. Once an individual registers with Amazon Smile and chooses Erna's Hope I as his or her charity, .5% of purchases that individual makes on Amazon.com will be credited to Erna's Hope. Here is a link with more information about the Amazon Smile Program: www.smile.amazon.com
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a tool in May 2014 to help women assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Two of the genes that can influence risk for breast cancer are BRCA1 and BRCA2. When one or both of them have a mutation (change), they increase your breast and ovarian cancer risk. The "Know:BRCA" online tool can help you learn about BRCA genes and assess your risk of having a BRCA mutation. Visit www.knowbrca.org.
Cleaning for a Reason Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists women who are currently undergoing treatment for any kind of cancer. Each applicant will receive four complimentary professional home cleanings, one per month for four consecutive months. There are over 1,000 partnering maid services across the United States and Canada. More information can be found on their web site, www.cleaningforareason.org.
Dr. Oz teamed up with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to create an "Ovarian Cancer One-Sheet" to record possible ovarian cancer symptoms. The form can be printed, filled out, and taken to your physician to start a discussion on ovarian cancer. www.doctoroz.com/videos/ovarian-cancer-one-sheet
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