A cancer activist, Diane sent the following update:
As you all are aware, I am very anxious that we get a good screening and
diagnostic test for ovarian cancer so that we can catch the disease at
I and make a big difference in the outcome for many more women. I have
very excited about the LPA test since I first heard about it about 2 1/2
years ago and have followed its development. Atairgin is beginning
clinical trials on the test.
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
newsletter listed the website and the person to contact regarding the
clinical trials. I contacted Atairgin in order to get as much
as possible so that I could share it with you in the hopes that it might
benefit some of our 'family' members. Below is a summary of the two
If anyone is interested in participating, please look at the
Website(www.atairgin.com) or contact Candace Moose at 949-585-2928 or
her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The sites where the tests are being
are MD Anderson (Houston, Tex), Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio),
Cedars-Sinai (Los Angeles), Univ. of Ca. Davis (Sacramento), Univ. of
Francisco, San Francisco,
Sunnybrook Hosp, Univ of Tortono (Toronto, Can), and Northwestern
Univ (Chic. Ill).
The first trial will attempt to establish the Atairgin LPA assay as an
in definitively determining the presence of an ovarian malignancy in
with a suspicious pelvic mass. (This means that anyone who is
undergoing testing for ovarian cancer who lives near one of these
might want to consider entering the trial since it would help determine
efficacy in diagnosing ovarian cancer prior to surgerical removal of the
ovaries. While this might not benefit the woman undergoing diagnosis at
this time, if the trial is successful it might prevent unnecessary
in the future.)
The second trial will seek blood specimens from women with a broad
of diagnoses, ranging from normal, healthy individuals to women with a
variety of benign and malignant medical conditions. (This is the trial
would hopefully lead to a screening and diagnostic test.)
Please note that the comments in parenthesis in both instances are mine and
have not been stated to me by anyone at Atairgin but what I believe will
the results of these trials and have included them so everyone would
understand why I believe these trials are important.
Atairgin did say: "Our regulatory team has outlined the specific
and exclusion criteria for each of the studies. I hope you understand
we simply want to conduct the study without biasing the population in
way. Releasing specific criteria is not a standard of practice in our
clinical trial program."
If anyone is interested in participating in the trials, please contact
Candace Moose directly. Getting enough people enrolled in these trials
the only way we will know if this test is effective.
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