Health Check: Study shows flaws in ovarian cancer treatment

Dr. Richard Moore has been an ovarian cancer researcher atWomen & Infants Hospital for years.

His research has helped come up with a way to predictwhether an ovarian mass is cancerous.

He said he's not surprised by a new study that found of the22,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, two out of three are notgetting the best treatment possible.

"I think some of the problem is education for thewoman, knowing that there are centers that specialize in ovarian cancer anddoctors that are specially trained to take care of patients with ovarian cancerand educating those patients to make sure they find their way to the rightphysicians and the right institutions," Moore said.

Moore said that gynecologic oncologists, of which he is one,spend an extra four years training. And they treat hundreds of patients, notjust a handful.

"It's very complex for ovarian cancer. It's evolvedover the years and physicians that have high volumes treat large numbers ofpatients a year have much more experience in taking care of this cancer. It'sreally come down to a science and an art," Moore said.

The new study, which has been submitted to a medical journalbut not yet published, was based on medical records of more than 13,000 womenwith the disease in California over a seven-year period.

Moore says getting the proper treatment can prolong life notmonths, but even years.