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The Proteomics blood test is really here!!!! The Proteomics blood test is really here!!!!

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  #1  
Unread 12-15-2003, 03:17 PM
The Proteomics blood test is really here!!!!

I received the following email today from the NOCC and knew it would be of interest to all of us ovca ladies as well as our female relatives who are at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Here goes:

We were honored to have special visitors today at the NOCC National offices-

Correlogic Systems, the company who developed the technology for the new
blood test for detection of ovarian cancer presented (to us) an overview of
the new test called:

Ova Check.As you all can easily understand, this is the most exciting news
we have heard since the beginning of our work.

Ova Check will be launched sometime in early 2004. While it will be marketed
primarily to the high-risk community it will be available to the general
population. As we hear more, we will be providing you all with up to date
information.

What we do know is that it will currently not be reimbursed by insurance and
that the cost will be "reasonable." The company is working on reimbursement,
which will hopefully follow soon. The two labs that will be actually
performing the tests will be Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp.

Dr. David Fishman, our former Medical Advisory Board chair and current
member, has worked very closely with Correlogic Systems and has conducted
the largest

clinical study with the test.

This is what we have all been waiting for! For more information, please
refer to the web address below.

http://www.genomenewsnetwork.org/art...n_cancer.shtml

We will be updating all of our information as we receive bulletins from
Correlogic. Please share this information with all of your division members
and volunteers and friends.

What a holiday gift of life!

-------
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Philadelphia Division
Post Office Box 40502, 615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-0502
(215) 997-8075
[email protected]; www.ovarian.org

Freedom from Ovarian Cancer!
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Unread 12-15-2003, 04:11 PM
The Proteomics blood test is really here!!!!

That is great news! My grandmother died of Ovarian cancer. I kept my ovaries because I was only 35 when diagnosed with cervical cancer. I was planning on having my ovaries removed when I hit menopause but hopefully the test will be accurate and I won't have to.
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Unread 12-15-2003, 04:43 PM
The Proteomics blood test is really here!!!!

karenann,

This sounds like a 'state of the art' diagnostic tool. I would like to think that I am in the last 'bunch' of women who will ever be diagnosed so late. (And Quest Diagnostics is the lab that does my CA125 test results - in Miami).

Thanks for the information -
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Unread 12-15-2003, 06:01 PM
The Proteomics blood test is really here!!!!

I'm so happy that this test will now be available! Karenann, I remember how excited you were about this at the OCNA conference. Thanks so much for sharing.

Here is my question:

While this test will be the intial detection tool going forward, how will it be used for tracking and monitoring? Will it replace the CA125 test for month gauging of progress? Or will our current post-diagnosis/chemo testing methods continue to center around the CA125?

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Unread 12-15-2003, 06:37 PM
The Proteomics blood test is really here!!!!

Hi SirenSong

It is my understanding that it will shortly take the place of a ca125 and will become our new barometer as well. I see my med/onc doc in January and I am scheduled to have a ca 125 drawn before the doctor visit. But I will ask how the new test will play out for my future visits.
The accuracy of this new proteomic test remains in the high 90's percentile.
The male PSA test for prostate cancer has an accuracy rate of about 60%.
This allows you see how wonderful this new blood test will be for all women.

oxoxo karenann
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Unread 12-15-2003, 10:47 PM
The Proteomics blood test is really here!!!!

Hi, Karenann--

Sounds like a very exciting development on the ovarian cancer front!

When I recently wrote to my Congressman about the proposed federal Johanna's Law, one of my suggested language changes to the bill was that information on current screening and diagnostic tests be added to the Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that are slated to be included in the national educational and awareness campaign part of the law. As proposed, there is currently no requirement for the inclusion of information on available diagnostic or screening tests in the PSAs. If the changes I have asked my Congressman to make are ultimately adopted, information on this new ovarian cancer screening test, as well as information on other available diagnostic and screening tests for other gynecologic cancers, is likely to be included as part of the PSAs.

Best regards,

MoeKay
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Unread 12-16-2003, 10:27 AM
Yes!

Now if we can just work on making insurance pay for it! I'm hopeful for all the women coming behind us who can be diagnosed early!
  #8  
Unread 12-16-2003, 11:29 PM
The Proteomics blood test is really here!!!!

OK. So . . . in light of Ellen's comment, my new question becomes, "Will this test be comparable in cost to the CA125 test? Why wouldn't insurance pay for it, particularly if it will replace the existing test and be our new barometer?"

Karenann -- thanks for continually updating us on all these exciting developments! :-)
  #9  
Unread 12-17-2003, 05:12 AM
You are like an ANGEL, Karenann!!!!

Good Morning, Karenann~

You are like an ANGEL in the way you have become such an advocate for other women! I know I have told you this before, however, it bears repeating.

Thank you so much for always keeping us updated/informed and please know how very much appreciated you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW...since my sister's dx (which you may recall) of OC, I, too, feel as though I have such a strong "calling" to volunteer my time and efforts in any way I can to be of any help.
I live in Columbia, Maryland, which is a suberb of both DC and Baltimore. Would you have any suggestions on who or what organizations I may contact to offer any services?

Blessings,
Heni
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