Asons Comment on New Research into Fallopian Removal That Suggests Major Cut in Ovarian Cancer Risk

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In a bid to discover a method of preventing Ovarian Cancer, a doctor has put forward the suggestion for women at high risk of developing the disease having preventative surgery to remove their fallopian tubes.

It is always fantastic to see new breakthroughs in cancer treatment, however with so little research behind this theory, I am unsure of its effectiveness

As reported in the BBC, the idea comes from the process followed regarding breast cancer, whereby women that are found to harbour the BRCA gene, that causes the cancer mutation, can have a mastectomy to reduce the chances of developing the condition (1).

The same gene mutation is also what spurs the growth of ovarian cancer, therefore Prof Sean Kehoe hopes to apply it to the removal of the fallopian tubes using the same theory (1).

According to the BBC, Cancer Research UK have remained objective on the idea, stating that there is no evidence that would imply the surgery would be effective in preventing the disease (1).

As claimed by recent research published in the BBC, there is evidence to suggest that up to 50% of all Ovarian Cancer cases start in the fallopian tubes, therefore removing them would drastically reduce the risk, without inducing an early menopause because the ovaries would still remain intact (1).

Cancer expert at Cancer Research UK, Dr James Brenton, said:

“Removing the fallopian tube from women with a BRCA fault could reduce their risk of developing ovarian cancer without the side-effects that removing the ovaries would have.

"But there have been no studies to show how effective this could be.” (1)

As this idea is still very much in its early stages, the BBC suggests that there is much more research that needs to take place, with experts suggesting that the removal of the fallopian tubes wouldn’t be the complete procedure (1). Following this there would have to be a second operation to remove the ovaries ensuring the cancer cannot develop (1).

Asons Executive Suzanne Yates spoke on the suggestion saying:

“Working for a medical negligence solicitors, I have come across many cases of ovarian cancer misdiagnosis, where the results have been devastating for women and their families. These women have developed the disease and doctors have failed to spot the symptoms which has led to them facing unimaginable suffering. More than anything, I feel that this procedure could stop that from happening, as doctors would be sure to know that there is a high risk of developing the cancer and be more observant of monitoring the behaviour of the ovaries once it has taken place.

It is always fantastic to see new breakthroughs in cancer treatment, however with so little research behind this theory, I am unsure of its effectiveness. From our experience with ovarian cancer, some women do tend to have their ovaries removed to prevent and treat cancer from growing and spreading, but with no certainty over whether or not they would actually contract the disease it is a big step to take!”

According to Cancer Research UK around 7,000 women a year are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, making it the firth most common female cancer in the UK (2).

Suffering a cancer misdiagnosis can be a form a clinical negligence. Anyone that has faced unnecessary distress because a medical professional has failed to investigate symptoms may be entitled to make a claim for ovarian cancer misdiagnosis compensation. To find out more information about misdiagnosis and the legal help you can receive visit or phone 01204 521 133 to speak to a medical negligence solicitor.

(1)    Cancer Research UK, Ovarian Cancer Key Facts, 14/01/2013
(2)    BBC News, Fallopian operation 'may cut ovarian cancer risk', 03/09/2013

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