-Ovarian Cancer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Doctors say it's the biggest breakthrough in more than a decade in fighting ovarian cancer.

Pumping heavy doses of chemotherapy into the abdomen boosted the
survival of women with advanced ovarian cancer by 16 months.

Doctor Mack Barnes, a physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham participated in the study. At a news conference yesterday he said the treatments are not for everyone, but he said the treatments are effective.

It is such an ordeal to endure that nearly six in ten women in the study switched to standard chemotherapy treatments.

The National Cancer Institute is urging doctors to begin using the procedure. It's the group first endorsement of any cancer treatment since 1999.

The study is reported in today's New England Journal of Medicine.

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