Doctors Fail to Follow-Up on Ovarian Cancer

A study done by the National Cancer Institute has found that doctors routinely fail to check for the spread of cancer in 90 percent of the cases of women having surgery for early-stage ovarian cancer. In 1994, a panel drew up guidelines for the treatment of ovarian cancer, including recommendations that surgeons should take samples of lymph nodes and fat from the stomach after removal of the ovary to detect the spread of microscopic tumors. If cancer spread is detected, doctors could recommend possible treatments. In presenting the findings at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, Dr. Edward Trimble said that doctors need to be better educated about the importance of taking samples during and after the surgery.


The Nando Net and The Associated Press - May 22, 1996

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