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Winthrop-University Hospital recently became the first and only satellite site of the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry. This national bio-repository of blood and cancer tissue includes women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their family members.

The Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry is a national computer tracking system that stores data for women with two or more close relatives who have been diagnosed with ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer. What’s more, the Registry offers education, information and a Helpline with peer support for women who are at high risk (family history) for ovarian cancer.

The Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Registry is pursuing research into causes of familial cancer in collaboration with investigators at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine and Cambridge University. Their goals are to identify new genes associated with familial ovarian cancer, thereby improving genetic and psychosocial counseling for individuals and families and to characterize lifestyle choices (i.e., oral contraceptive use, hormone replacement therapy, number of pregnancies) that reduce ovarian cancer risk in women who may be more susceptible to the disease. They hope to acquire information that will lead to better methods for detecting ovarian cancer, for reliable predictive testing for cancer predisposition and ultimately, to prevent the disease in future generations.

“Having the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry at Winthrop-University Hospital is a testimony to our robust Gynecologic Oncology program,” said Jeannine Villella, DO, Associate Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Winthrop, who will head the Winthrop arm of the program. “This is a wonderful resource for our patients and their families, and a terrific way for them to contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of ovarian cancer worldwide.”

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology offers women the full spectrum of care from advanced diagnostics through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. For more information about the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry at Winthrop, or the breadth of Gynecologic Oncology services available at Winthrop-University Hospital, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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