Preventive Surgical Procedure for Ovarian Cancer Shows Promise in Large Hospital System

Preventive Surgical Procedure for Ovarian Cancer Shows Promise in Large Hospital System
A recently published study shows that a system-wide educational program for healthcare providers about the potential of salpingectomy to reduce ovarian cancer risk resulted in a significant increase in the number of patients undergoing the procedure over a three-year time period. The study, “Experience With Opportunistic Salpingectomy in a Large, Community-Based Health System in the United States,” published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was led by clinicians and researchers at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. About Salpingectomy Salpingectomy is the surgical removal of one or both fallopian tubes, the tubes that allow for passage of an egg to the uterus from the ovaries. In 2015, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists issued a statement from its Committee on Gynecologic Practice suggesting that “prophylactic salpingectomy may offer clinicians the opportunity to prevent ovarian cancer in their patients and that clinical trials are needed to support the validity of this approach t
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