Collaborative Project Aims to Improve Care for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Patients

Collaborative Project Aims to Improve Care for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Patients
A new collaborative project seeks to help ovarian cancer programs better understand and remove impediments to optimal care for patients with advanced epithelial disease. Called "Barriers to Quality Care in Ovarian Cancer," the effort will be led by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), along with AstraZeneca and Merck. Partners include the Association for Molecular Pathology, the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. Through an application process, the ACCC will ultimately select three cancer programs to pilot improvements that address identified barriers or gaps in care for patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. About 85% to 90% of malignant ovarian cancers are epithelial ovarian carcinomas, according to the American Cancer Society. The project will focus on advanced cancer, since that is when four of five ovarian cancers are diagnosed, mostly due to relatively subtle symptoms and the lack of an effective early detection method. Women with localized-stage disease have more than a
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