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Insights Into Cancer – April 12, 2016

Ovarian and Other Gynecologic Cancers

Presented by Joshua Cohen, MD and Gottfried E. Konecny, MD

About the Lecture

Gynecological cancers include ovarian, uterine cervical and vulvar cancer; ovarian cancer is the most common of these diseases in women. This talk presents the latest information on both surgical and medical oncology treatments for these diseases with an emphasis on ovarian cancer. While surgery is often the first line approach, primary treatment can and often includes additional systemic therapeutic approaches. In recent years, these systemic approaches have gone beyond traditional chemotherapy to include new generations of novel treatment strategies that target specific growth-promoting pathways and offer a more focused and personalized approach. In this lecture Drs. Cohen and Konecny explore both surgical and systemic treatments within each of these diseases. They present both traditional successful strategies and newer approaches to halt the growth of this cancer through immunotherapy techniques and antibody treatments to reduce blood vessels and nutrients reaching the tumors. Upcoming approaches are also discussed.

About the Speakers

Joshua Cohen, MD is a gynecologic oncologist with specialized training in complex pelvic surgery. He has completed a fellowship in the treatment of women with gynecologic cancers including uterine, ovarian, cervical, and vulvar cancer. Dr. Cohen is an expert in tumor cytoreduction and minimally invasive surgery including the use of robotics in cancer care. He has distinguished himself in gynecologic cancer research and has completed the Clinical Research Training Program at the National Institutes of Health as well as the Clinical and Translational Science Institute certificate program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research interests include the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer and patient centered outcomes in gynecologic oncology. He serves patients in the greater Los Angeles area with offices both in Westlake and Westwood.

Gottfried E. Konecny, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is a medical oncologist with specialized training in gynecologic oncology. He also directs the Translational Oncology Research Program for Gynecologic Oncology at UCLA. It is the primary aim of his basic/clinical translational research in cancer medicine to develop novel targeted treatment strategies for patients diagnosed with breast, endometrial, ovarian and cervical cancer. These efforts are rooted in the understanding that breast, endometrial, ovarian and cervical cancer therapy has begun to shift from a one size fits all approach to a personalized approach, in which each patient is treated according to the specific genetic defects in the tumor. His initiatives are directed at using the latest and most effective technologies He is the principal investigator of multiple international clinical trials and over the last 3 years has served as the program committee lead in gynecologic oncology for the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He sees patients in Westwood.

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