VACCINATION AS TREATMENT: Traditional treatment options for ovarian cancer include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy. Intraperitoneal chemotherapy is often used in the treatment of ovarian cancer and involves delivering drugs through a catheter directly into the abdomen. Researchers are looking into new drugs to treat ovarian cancer including a vaccine that helps the body recognize cancer as foreign and go on the attack against it. Researchers hope this therapy will prevent the recurrence of cancer better than chemotherapy since the body is the attacker rather than a drug. They also hope treatments like this vaccine can improve the survival rate of ovarian cancer patients, which is estimated to be around 20 to 25 percent after 5 years. "There has been no significant improvement of those numbers over the past 30 years, and we're hoping that some of these strategies will lead our patients to live longer with a good quality of life without many of the side effects of prolonged chemotherapy," Dr. Odunsi, lead author of the vaccine study, said.
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