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CANCER - OVARIAN & Cannabis studies completed

Overview

Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. Women have two ovaries, one on each side of the uterus. The ovaries, each about the size of an almond,  produce eggs (ova) as well as the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. At this late stage, ovarian cancer is more difficult to treat and is frequently fatal. Early-stage ovarian cancer, in which the disease is confined to the ovary, is more likely to be treated successfully.


Science and Research

Treatment Options and Issues

When the diagnosis is ovarian cancer, doctors often recommend aggressive measures, including two or more different types of treatments. The options include surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy. Each can have life-threatening complications.


Insys Therapeutic Inc.’s Liposomal Encapsulated Paclitaxel, a drug which contains Dronabinol, may soon be part of the package of options. In drug trials it has reportedly been effective in the treatment of the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy as well as anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS.