Can anyone tell me where to find the report/trial that showed that regular scans and bloods do not improve survival for ovarian cancer

Can anyone tell me where to find the report/trial that showed that regular scans and bloods do not improve survival for oc and we should wait for symptoms. I am sure all the very knowledgable ladies on the site will know what I mean. I would like to have a read before going to my oncologist clinic in a couple of weeks.

Thanks in advance

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  • ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/221...

    There is a link to the free full text.

    Cx

  • Thank you for this link I had forgotten where I read it cheers love x G x

  • I think you might find it on the "nice" website, I read it so long ago that I can't remember where,when my oncologist told me I looked it up and did read it, last time I saw him he is now telling me that three month checkups don't prolong life either, you might find it on the Cancer Research website as well,you will need to put "ca125 blood test" in the search box

    as far as the scans are concerned they try not to do them unless they feel it necessary because of the risk involved...best wishes love x G x

  • I think you are meaning the OVO5 trial; Principle Investigator, Gordon Rustin at Mount Vernon.

    Top line results:

    Women (and their doctors) were randomly selected to one of two groups.

    Group one - Normal CA125 monitoring and reporting

    Group two - CA 125 taken, but not reported to the woman or her doctor.

    So what happened? The women in group two reported symptoms of relapse on average 5 months after the women in group one were told their CA125 was on the rise.

    The women in groups one and two had the same overall survival, but the women in group one had more chemo.

    SO - We now know that quickly starting chemo for relapse based on a rising CA125 doesn't have a positive impact on overall survival. Some centres are no longer doing routine CA125 in follow up, but most will do so if you want to know.

    Hope that helps.

    L x

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