Episode 20090916

Video: Ovarian Cancer - Genetic Screening and Surgical Prevention

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Women who have a family history of ovarian cancer or a BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutation are candidates for prophylactic removal of the ovaries and Fallopian tubes. This removal does prevent ovarian cancer, but, there is the small risk of developing primary peritoneal cancer which acts like an ovarian cancer and is similarly treated. Elizabeth Poynor, MD, PhD describes the surgical treatment and chemotherapy and the importance of followup with transvaginal screening ultrasound. There is no blood test for ovarian cancer which is as sensitive asthe PSA for prostate cancer in men, the Ca 125 is useful in followingwomen who have been treated for an ovarian cancer.Interviewee:Elizabeth Poynor, MD, PhD FACOGGynecologic OncologistThis post was originally posted on BeetMedicine.TV by the site's medical director Peter Pressman, MD.moreless

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