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

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.