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Ovary-removal surgery, or oophorectomy, does not reduce the risk of breast cancer for most women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation as much as previously thought, a new study by scientists at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has found. However, the surgery may reduce risk for BRCA2 carriers under the age of 50.
Steven Narod, MD, FRCPC, PhD (hon), FRSC, Women’s College Hospital senior scientist, director of the familial breast cancer research unit and a Tier One Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer, has received the 2016 Basser Global Prize from the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center.
A million-patient study from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Women’s College Hospital published this week in the journal Cancer provides more detail on the association between type 2 diabetes and cancer, suggesting that prevention of the two diseases should go hand-in-hand.
Today, Women's College Hospital (WCH) released the results of a follow-‐up study to the inaugural 2010 A Thousand Voices for Women's Health report that explored what women want from hospitals and healthcare services. In the 2016 study, WCH set out to learn what has changed since 2010 and how women's healthcare needs are being met today.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory, together with other federal and provincial ministers, health sector leaders and philanthropic donors, gathered at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) on Friday, June 10, to celebrate the hospital’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
Healthcare doesn’t always work the same for everyone. From research and treatment options to access to services and programs, many women are overlooked and underserved because healthcare has traditionally not considered the impact of sex and gender differences. Research shows that women’s needs, including physiology, cultural challenges and life circumstances, are often not taken into consideration. This is the Health Gap. And for women in marginalized and disadvantaged communities, the gap is even wider.
Many older patients who are prescribed cholinesterase inhibitors for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are also taking anticholinergic drugs that can worsen their cognition, says a team of researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Women's College Hospital.
Women with schizophrenia use fewer acute psychiatric services during pregnancy and in the year following delivery, at about half the amount used in the year before pregnancy.
Women’s College Hospital (WCH) is the first Canadian hospital to use Figure 1, a medical case-sharing platform, to showcase healthcare to physicians around the world.
Depending on which hospital you go to for your low-risk surgical procedure, you may be 2.4 times more or less likely to be sent for unnecessary blood tests. This is among the findings of a study conducted by researchers from the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV).
Up to half of women with advanced-stage ovarian cancer might be cured, compared to the current 20 per cent survival rate, argues Dr. Steven Narod, senior scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, who calls for a new standard of treatment for women with late-stage ovarian cancer.