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Advanced ovarian cancer survival rates not improving

The five-year survival rates for Christchurch women with advanced ovarian cancer haven’t improved in 10 years, according to a study comparing women diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer between 2000-2001 and 2010-2012. Other developed countries like Australia, USA Denmark and Norway have improved their five-year survival rate since the start of the century, but across all stages of ovarian cancer, New Zealand’s survival rate has improved less but is similar to that seen in the UK.

While we believe more women have access to specialist care, more research is required to determine the modifiable issues that are associated with poor outcome. These may include late diagnosis, access to surgery, access to effective drugs and treatment on recurrence.

– Associate Professor Peter Sykes, 25 October, 2019

Research report: https://doi.org/10.1111/ajo.13076

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