Why can’t you use radiotherapy for treating ovarian cancer?
Are there clinical trials for vaccines in ovarian cancer?
Is there any database in the UK for patients with any kind of cancers, and how well they’ve done on different treatments?

Is there any database in the UK for patients with any kind of cancers, and how well they’ve done on different treatments?

How long does chemotherapy take to get out of your system?

How long would you say chemotherapy takes before you get it out of your system and your organs to go back to normal? 

Can you suggest a more effective treatment of sore gums following chemotherapy?

Can you suggest a more effective treatment of sore gums following chemotherapy? I have just completed a second cycle of chemotherapy - carboplatin, gemcitabine and Avastin. I am having trouble with sore gums which are being treated with a mouth wash (Difflam).

What tests should I expect my doctor/gynaecologist to perform in order to detect any recurrence?

What tests should I expect my doctor/gynaecologist to perform in order to detect any recurrence during the 5 year follow up and beyond, after an initial diagnosis for stage 1a ovarian cancer treated by surgery alone?

Why is there variance in chemotherapy treatments prescribed to women with stage 1c in England?

I'm aware that NICE advises single agent carboplatin whilst the Scottish equivalent also includes Taxol. Some women are advised to have both in England as well though in other centres just one. Is this a cancer centre preference or is it dependent on subtype, grade and type of 1c? It can be bewildering for women given an option or unclear basis for the decision. What issues are considered?

What do you think of cannabis trials?

I was asked if I wanted to go on a cannabis trial. What do you think of cannabis trials?

Proton treatment for ovarian cancer

What are your views on proton treatment for ovarian cancer?

A lot of new developments in treatment refer to all non-mucinous ovarian cancers. Why is this type excluded?

A lot of new developments in treatment, eg PARPs and genetic testing, refer to all non-mucinous ovarian cancers, allowing for some mucinous tumours which do not originate in the ovary. Could the panel explain why this type is excluded and what the implications are for the future understanding and treatment of this type of ovarian cancer?

Are there any new treatments or advances in understanding why ovarian cancer often recurs?

I am very interested in learning about any new developments for treatment or advances in understanding why ovarian cancer often recurs.

Will my chemo side effects ease when I’m taking just Avastin?

I am on chemo (carboplatin and paclitaxel) for a recurrence of ovarian cancer and I am also taking Avastin. I have been experiencing more side effects than before (diarrhoea and joint pain). I will be continuing with Avastin when my chemo ends in about 6 weeks’ time and would like to know if there is evidence or experience  out there that the diarrhoea  and joint pain will ease when the...

A choice of two treatments - carboplatin alone or carboplatin and paclitaxel combined?

My Mum in law was diagnosed last week with stage 3 ovarian cancer.  She has now seen her oncologist and has been offered a choice of two treatments. Either: a) carboplatin alone or b) carboplatin and paclitaxel combined.

If she opts for the carboplatin on its own will the treatment be less effective than the combined option? If option b) is most likely to have the desired outcome, why...

Will my cancer come back at all?

Last September I was diagnosed with stage 1C 2 Grade 2 edenometriode adenocarcinoma of the ovary and in October Grade 1 1A endometrial adenocarcinoma. I was supposed to have had six months of chemotherapy but only had five months, I was poorly so they decided not to give me my last one. I don't understand the grades very well or the stages. Will my cancer come back at all? 

Is proton therapy ever appropriate in ovarian cancer?
What advice would you give to patients who have neuropathy caused by chemotherapy?
What are the consequences of repetitive chemotherapy?

I’ve had several continuing sessions of chemotherapy over several years, and want to know how long this can continue, and what’s the consequences of repetitive chemotherapy?

How can I find the best drugs and chemotherapy for my wife?

My wife has 3c ovarian cancer since 2011, she has had de-bulking surgery and four full courses of chemotherapy. The disease has remained stable but the CA125 has increased, although not massively, since an emergency operation delayed her appointment to see her specialist this year.


Firstly, how do I go about finding out if better drugs are available for treating my wife's ovarian...

Do you have any more information on anastrozole?

My relative's stage IV epithelial ovarian cancer has recurred just over 12 months after she was treated with radical surgery, followed by chemotherapy with carboplatin, paclitaxel and bevacizumab. She is BRCA2 positive, and her cancer is oestrogen receptor positive.  The recurrent tumours are small - less than 1cm and she is asymptomatic. Instead of repeating her chemotherapy straight away,...

What research is there into alternative, natural remedies?

I have read a lot about ovarian cancer, but the one area I don't feel gets enough attention is research into the obvious stuff, to either give credibility or to reject a myth.  

For example root ginger is said to impact ovarian cancer, but does it?  No effort is being made into research on this compared to Avastin or the parp inhibitors, and yet it could prove a cheap and easy remedy!...

Do you have any experience of the combination of carboplatin followed by Tamoxifen?

My mum was diagnosed with a recurrence of ovarian cancer three weeks ago. She finished her initial chemo two years ago. Her oncologist has prescribed six cycles of carboplatin followed up by Tamoxifen. Do you have any experience of this combination? And why might she only have been prescribed the single chemo drug rather than have it combined with Taxol (which she had in first line treatment...

Why do some women recur earlier than others?

Why do some women recur earlier than others?  I know four people that finished Avastin last autumn after about two years and three out of the four have recurrences. The other one is myself and my ovarian cancer has remained in tummy area since diagnosis in 2006. Should I be worried about recurrence?

Is there any guidance on recovery from chemotherapy symptoms?

Is there any guidance on recovery from symptoms such as ongoing fatigue? Is this still normal two years on from surgery and chemo?

What is the best way to deal with muscle pains?

What is the best way to deal with muscle pains caused by Avastin?

What research is being carried out for low-grade serous ovarian cancer?

What research is being carried out for low-grade serous ovarian cancer?

What research is being carried out for clear-cell ovarian cancer?

What research is being carried out for clear-cell ovarian cancer?

I can’t take HRT. What help is out there if HRT isn’t an option?

I had a full hysterectomy, but because the cancers are hormone driven (related to endometriosis) I can’t take HRT. I haven't received any support or advice from my hospital regarding the menopause. I’ve just been left to get on with it. What help is out there if HRT isn’t an option?

Why is second surgery not offered when visible and measurable tumours are found on CT?
I have had ascites several times but get no guide on when it should be drained. Can more support be offered on this?
I read recently that research has shown the use of HRT can increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

I read recently that research has shown the use of HRT can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Does this issue refer also to the use of vagifem, the HRT tablet which I take vaginally for a bladder problem? I am 66 years old and was a member of the UKTOCCS research.

I’m considering taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Please can you explain to me how it works, and what the benefits and side effects of taking it are?
What will happen when I have an early menopause?

I have recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and am going to need a hysterectomy. What will happen when I have an early menopause?

What is the risk of my cancer recurring and why?

What is the risk of my cancer recurring and why? I had the all the clear recently but I wonder if it will occur in another area and why.

What advice would you give to patients who have neuropathy caused by chemotherapy?
If there were no ascites present in your abdomen why do you still have a bloated stomach?
At what point is a rise in blood count significant?
What surgical techniques have helped most to achieve optimal cytoreduction?
How is Avastin accessed through the NHS? Who will benefit?

Is there any way Avastin could now be obtained through the NHS apart from as part of a trial? And is there any way of predicting yet who will benefit clinically from having Avastin?

Could PARP drugs be used as an alternative to surgery?

Is there evidence that PARP drugs may be used for long-term new tumour formation prevention? For example as an alternative to drastic surgery for individuals tested as BRCA positive?

Do we need a national registry to track ovarian cancer symptoms?

Would it be beneficial to have a national registry of when women with ovarian cancer first start noticing symptoms? Current stats only report the age which many women are diagnosed, but noting when symptoms start might prevent women being dismissed as ‘too young’ to have ovarian cancer.

Do we need a national registry to track ovarian cancer symptoms?

Would it be beneficial to have a national registry of when women with ovarian cancer first start noticing symptoms? Current stats only report the age which many women are diagnosed, but noting when symptoms start might prevent women being dismissed as ‘too young’ to have ovarian cancer.

Is the postcode lottery still being practised across the UK?

Is the postcode lottery still being practised across the UK, including for the new drug niraparib?

Is there any evidence that the order in which treatment is carried out has an impact on outcome?

Is there any evidence that the order in which treatment is carried out has an impact on outcome? For example having chemotherapy before surgery or vice-versa?

What is peritoneal stranding?
What are the benefits of PARP inhibitors for women without a BRCA mutation?

PARP inhibitor drugs are now being used for women who do not carry a BRCA gene mutation.  Can you explain what the benefits to these women are?

How far can we rely on CA125 readings to monitor whether ovarian cancer has recurred?