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Which gynaecological cancers are most likely to recur?

When a cancer returns after initial treatment, this is called a recurrence. Cancers that are diagnosed at a more advanced stage are more likely to recur, regardless of the type...

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An overview of rare gynaecological cancers

A rare cancer is one that is diagnosed in less than 6 in 100,000 Australians per year.

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Secondary cytoreduction for ovarian cancer

Unfortunately, the majority of patients with advanced ovarian cancer will experience recurrence sooner or later. Whether surgery to remove the recurrence followed by chemotherapy or chemotherapy alone yields a survival...

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Genetic Testing and Gynaecological Cancer

If I have been diagnosed with gynaecological cancer, should I or my family members obtain genetic testing?

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What surgery options are available for vaginal cancer?

Primary vaginal cancer is a rare form of cancer that starts in the vagina. Primary vaginal cancer is treated with either surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments...

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My thoughts on complementary cancer therapies

Patients can be overwhelmed by the huge offerings of complementary therapies available. I am commonly asked by cancer patients what options are available to help improve their cancer recovery and...

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How often do patients need chemotherapy for endometrial cancer?

Chemotherapy is a drug given to some patients to shrink tumour before surgery or to treat microscopic cancer cells that might float around after endometrial cancer surgery—I often get asked...

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I've tested positive for the BRCA gene. What comes next?

The genes most commonly tested for breast and ovarian cancer are BRCA1 and BRCA2. If a woman tests positive for faulty BRCA genes it is possible to benefit from measures...

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Participating in clinical trials and what "informed consent" means

A clinical trial is a formal assessment in which patients, doctors and researchers come together to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat a medical condition.

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Is ovarian cancer still considered a disease of the elderly?

Ovarian cancer is mostly a disease diagnosed in elderly women. Ovarian cancer can be diagnosed at any age, although it usually occurs in women who have been through menopause.

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