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Notre Dame researchers exploring important new insight into ovarian cancer

Author: William G. Gilroy

Harper Cancer Research Institute

Researchers from the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a partnership between the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, have uncovered a key element that plays a role in the spread of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death due to gynecologic cancers. Annually, more than 20,000 women die from the disease, usually as the result of spread, or metastasis, of the primary tumor. The five-year survival for women diagnosed with primary tumors is 95 percent, which is a stark contrast to the less than 30 percent survival of women diagnosed with metastatic lesions. Read More