Reassuring news for clinicians treating pregnant patients with cancer: chemotherapy does not appear to cause developmental problems in offspring. Dr Frederic Amant, assistant professor, staff gynecologic oncologist, and head of the scientific section of gynecologic oncology at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, presented these findings at the 2011 European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress.
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New research sheds light on vulvodynia, showing that the disorder is under-diagnosed and inadequately treated. Since the chronic pain associated with vulvodynia can make it difficult to sit or participate in sexual activity, the disorder greatly impacts quality of life for women afflicted with it. The research is published online as part of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Based on the protective effects of intrauterine devices against endometrial cancer, researchers hypothesized that IUDs may also have a protective effect against cervical cancer. However, results from epidemiological and clinical studies to date have been inconclusive.
Hormonal changes associated with menopause do not increase a woman’s risk for heart disease and heart disease mortality, according to new research published in BMJ. The work of Dr Dhananjay Vaidya, assistant professor of medicine at John Hopkins School of Medicine, and colleagues contradict the previously hypothesis that heart disease and heart attacks rise dramatically after menopause.
New research shows that the SIRT3 gene may contribute to obesity as well as a variety of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The study was published in the August 18th issue of Molecular Cell.
Following two days of hearings, the US Food and Drug Administration has declared that silicone breast implants are safe for use and will remain available. However, the FDA will encourage manufacturers to conduct post-approval studies.
More and more, women are empowering themselves in regards to breast cancer awareness, but the information they receive regarding mammography may be misleading, confusing, or even conflict with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommendations.
We invited Dr Amer Karam, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, to shed some light on how best to address patients' concerns and confusions. Dr Karam is a surgical oncologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with breast cancer.
Prophylactic human papillomavirus vaccines have been shown to be effective in reducing the disease burden of cervical cancer, but the three dose regimen can be expensive and difficult to complete. With that in mind, Dr Aimée R. Kreimer, investigator in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Health, and colleagues sought to determine if less than three doses of the vaccine would be effective. The results are published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
According to results from a new study, a popular herbal remedy may come to the rescue of women suffering from postmenopausal sleep disturbances. About half of postmenopausal women experience some degree of sleep disturbance, which in turn impacts their quality of life.