A new study suggests thousands of women are not getting the care they need, so as we “focus on cancer,” we’re focusing on what that study means for people in our area.
The study was done by a doctor at the University of California-Irvine.
It found that most women with ovarian cancer get inadequate care and miss out on treatments that could add a year or more to their lives.
The study essentially shows patients are not being referred to specialists and should be.
That’s why doctors at Michiana Hematology Oncology work together when a patient is diagnosed, and primary care doctors or OB/GYNs will often be in surgery with a gynecologic oncologist.
It’s a type of collaboration usually found in bigger cities.
“The big benefit is just having the gynecologist close by and available to be able to do the right surgery the patient needs the first time,” said Dr. Michele Ashton of ObGyn Associates of Northern Indiana.
Every year, more than 20,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the United States.
And each year, nearly 15,000 women will die from the disease.
Doctors here hope the findings of this latest study will help reverse some of those numbers.