What is the purpose of the Early Detection Ovarian Cancer Study?

To collect specimens and build a specimen bank over several years to assess the development of ovarian cancer.  The CA-125 algorithm will be based upon the CA-125, the woman's age, the CA-125 over time, and may be used in conjunction with the urine specimens for early detection of ovarian cancer. 

The study in North Texas will be run concurrently with five other sites, including M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  U.T. Southwestern will continue to recruit and process participants in North Texas  for the study.  Each participant who volunteers will be helping find a way to diagnose ovarian cancer in the early stages when it is more likely a woman might survive.

For more information about the study and the protocols, you may go to http://www.mdanderson.org/departments/ovarianspore/

For more information about volunteering for the study, contact us at 214-213-4213/ 214-213-4214 or email the foundation at   info@@tracyjofoundation.org

Who may participate?

Women aged 50-74

Women who are postmenopausal for at least 12 months

Women who have at least 1 ovary

Must be cancer free and not received radiation or chemotherapy within the last 12 months

Must be willing to return for a CA-125 blood test at least yearly (or more often if indicated)

Must be willing to undergo transvaginal ultrasound, if indicated.

There will be no cost to the participant for the testing. 

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