Importance of Clinical Trials Participation

Only about 5% of women with a gynecologic cancer participate in the dozens of clinical trials in gynecologic cancers. The predominant hope for improving on the treatment options for women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer is through the conduct of clinical trials.

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer actively works with the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) to encourage women to participate in clinical trials. Clinical trials are a crucial step in finding new and improved ways to improve treatment for women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.

Three examples of the important advances in the care of women as a result of clinical trials include:

  • Chemotherapy added to radiation improve cure rate in locally advanced cervical cancer (GOG 120, 109)
  • Platinum based chemotherapy plus paclitaxel is superior to platinum based chemotherapy plus cyclophosphamide (GOG 111)
  • IP therapy improves survival in subsets of women with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer (GOG 172)

The patients that participated in the phase III clinical trials that led to these discoveries were among the first to benefit from these scientific advancements.

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.

Research

As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.

Education

The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.