One-two punch could knock out rare ovarian cancer

A double-barrelled, non-surgical treatment could deliver the knock-out punch ?? for a rare type of ovarian cancer. 
Granulosa cell tumours of the ovary have a high rate of recurrence and available treatments are nearly always unsuccessful. Now a combination treatment that tackles the body’s defence mechanisms may prove a game-changer.
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One-two punch could knock out rare ovarian cancer

A double-barrelled, non-surgical method to treat a rare type of ovarian cancer may provide hope for many patients.

Granulosa cell tumours of the ovary are slow growing but have a high rate of recurrence and available treatments are nearly always unsuccessful. Once treated surgically, patients need to be monitored throughout their life and there are no viable treatments.

Now, a potential new treatment may prove a game-changer. One of the difficulties in treating cancer is the body’s own defence mechanisms that naturally blocks many cancer treatments from being effective.

Two recent publications, in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics and in the Journal of Proteome Research, undertaken by Dr Simon Chu and his team, has shown that a combination treatment tackles the problem by reducing the body’s defences with one drug, allowing the second drug to attack the cancer cells. This presents the first major progress in a treatment for ovarian granulosa cell tumours.

Dr Chu said patients are in need of non-surgical options, as these tumours commonly reappear after surgery.

“The need for more novel, targeted therapy cannot be overstated. Our work is focused on understanding what causes granulosa cell tumours so we can find more effective treatments. The exciting finding shows a combination approach could provide a new way to help women with this cancer,” Dr Chu said

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