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Having chemo before ovarian cancer surgery has significant benefits!

by , 26 May 2015

If you have ovarian cancer, here's some good news.

A new British study, published earlier this month in The Lancet, has found that undergoing chemotherapy before ovarian cancer surgery can make your surgery safer, your stay in hospital shorter and your quality of life better.

Read on for the full scoop.

New study suggests that chemotherapy before ovarian cancer surgery can bring about many benefits

The study, led by Sean Kehoe, professor of gynaecological cancer at the University of Birmingham, involved 550 patients. Half underwent the standard treatment of surgery followed by six cycles of chemotherapy, while the other half had three cycles of chemo before surgery.
Researchers found that the risk of complications and death within 28 days after surgery was significantly lower among patients who had chemo before surgery. They also found that these patients had fewer side effects, spent less time in the hospital and experienced a better quality of life after surgery.
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Peter Johnson, chief clinician at Cancer Research UK, commented on the findings: “Whether to have chemotherapy before major surgery for ovarian cancer has always been a dilemma for women and their surgeons.”
Thanks to this study, we can say that having chemotherapy makes sense. 
Professor Kehoe agreed with the comments.
“The trial showed that shrinking the tumour (with chemotherapy) before surgery reduced side effects and hospital stay – meaning improved quality of life, without compromising survival, which is better for patients.”
If you’ve been debating whether or not to opt for chemo before surgery, this news could be just what you’ve been looking for. 
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