Women’s Health Research at Yale funds studies on colon cancer, infections in pregnancy, and domestic violence
“Through our competitive peer review process, these three studies stood out as extremely promising opportunities to improve and even save lives,” said Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure, director of WHRY. “With these new grants, we continue to expand a broad scope of existing work to focus on questions vital to the health and well-being of millions of women, men, and children.”
Researchers find genes behind aggressive ovarian and endometrial cancers
In a major breakthrough for ovarian and uterine cancers, Yale researchers have defined the genetic landscape of rare, highly aggressive tumors called carcinosarcomas (CSs), pointing the way to possible new treatments. The findings are published in the Oct. 10 online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Elena Ratner Encourages Providers to Discuss Sexual Health with Patients
Elena Ratner, MD, of the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven stresses the importance of bringing up intimacy and sexuality issues with patients who have gynecologic or other cancers. She advocates the use of a private questionnaire that patients can answer or even just an open question from the provider, such as "Is there anything you'd like to discuss about your intimacy or sexual life?"Source: Oncology Nursing News
A Non-Surgical Approach to Cervical Dysplasia
Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is no longer the case: rates of the disease have declined dramatically in the past forty years, largely due to increased screening in the form of regular Pap smears, which can detect precancerous cells in the cervix before they turn to cancer. At this early stage, cervical cancer is highly treatable, and survival rates are extremely high.
Sparing ovaries and removing fallopian tubes may cut cancer risk, but few have procedure
During hysterectomies for non-cancerous conditions, removing both fallopian tubes while keeping the ovaries may help protect against ovarian cancer while preserving hormonal levels, but few women receive this surgical option, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers.
The Pill Has Prevented 200,000 Endometrial Cancer Cases in the Last Decade Alone
Experts have known that women who take birth-control pills have a lower risk of endometrial cancer, and a new study offers insight into how long the protective effect lasts and how many cancer cases have likely been prevented.Source: New York Magazine
Five Yale researchers awarded grants to study women’s reproductive cancers
Five researchers from the Yale School of Medicine have received grants from Discovery to Cure, a program at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences that advances the prevention, early detection, and treatment of women’s reproductive cancers such as ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.
Smilow doctor: Removing ovaries, fallopian tubes as Angelina Jolie did, ‘individualized’ decision
A woman deciding to having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, which Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she had done, is a “very individualized” decision, according to Dr. Elena Ratner, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology at Smilow Cancer Hospital.Source: New Haven Register
Preventive cancer surgery to remove ovaries and fallopian tubes: Yale experts provide insight
Two years after actress Angelina Jolie’s preventive double mastectomy, her doctors removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes when a blood test showed early signs of ovarian cancer. For women with the same genetic mutations considering a similar surgery, a personalized approach that examines age and other factors should be considered, according to Yale ovarian cancer experts.
Researchers find genes behind aggressive endometrial cancer
In a major breakthrough for uterine serous carcinoma (USC) — a chemo-resistant, aggressive form of endometrial cancer, Yale researchers have defined the genetic landscape of USC tumors, findings that point to new treatment opportunities.
Revisiting sex and intimacy after cancer
Two doctors at Yale's Sexuality, Intimacy and Menopause Clinic are providing multidisciplinary care to cancer survivors. Many of their patients are coping with life-altering symptoms caused by the treatments that saved them, and don't realize that follow-up care can help.
Weight Gain in Early Adulthood and Long-term Obesity Linked with Endometrial Cancer Risk
Women who put on substantial weight in early adulthood were diagnosed with endometrial cancer at much younger ages than their peers who gained weight later in life, new research by the Yale School of Public Health has found.