Research News
Douglas A. Levine, M.D.
Gene Mutation Causes Rare Ovarian Cancer
In what is being hailed as a major discovery, findings published this week indicate that researchers have discovered a gene mutation that causes small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type. OCRF Scientific Advisory Committee member, and former grantee, Douglas A. Levine, MD, is senior author of one of three papers on the topic, which were published in Nature Genetics. Read more.  

Avastin and Chemo for Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer Increases Progression-Free Survival
A group of French researchers conducted a randomized, phase III trial (called AURELIA) combining bevacizumab (Avastin) with chemotherapy in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. The results of the trial, which enrolled 361 patients, were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Read more.  
SGO Position Statement on Genetic Testing for Gynecologic Cancer
The Society for Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) has released a statement on the use of genetic testing for women with gynecologic cancer. Read more.  

Weekly Carboplatin Plus Paclitaxel Improves Quality of Life
A large European clinical trial showed that carboplatin plus paclitaxel once a week (versus every three weeks) can be an effective front-line treatment for women with advanced ovarian cancer. The results of the study were published in the medical journal The Lancet. Read more.  
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OCRF is now accepting volunteer applications for Super Saturday Los Angeles! Held on Saturday, May 17th at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and hosted by Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman, and Molly Sims and Scott Stuber, OCRF's Super Saturday Los Angeles is a celebrity-filled, day-long unique fundraiser with discounted designer shopping and fun for the whole family. For more information and to fill out an online application form, please click here.
Join OCRF's Junior Board at SPiN New York on April 8th for a fun night of Ping-Pong, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and friendly competition for the cause. The event offers a Ping-Pong doubles tournament with a chance at a grand prize, and wine from sponsor VOGA Italia. Plus, a silent auction will feature many items, including a Tribeca Film Festival experience, VIP tickets to "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen, tickets to the Dr. Oz show, a Mets Delta Club package, Brooklyn Nets court-side tickets, country club golf and lunch packages, beauty gift certificates, and items from top brands, including Alex and Ani, SEE Eyewear, Tom Ford, and Theory. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today 
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please click here or email Melissa Chemick.
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OCRF Team Hope All-Stars
This past Sunday, March 23rd, supporters in Roselle, Illinois, visited Lynfred Winery for a Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. The event was held in honor and celebration of Donna Stefanovic, an ovarian cancer survivor who just completed her last chemo session. In addition to fine wine and good company, each guest received a special gift bag of goodies and educational information. In total, with the help of generous donors, matching funds from JP Morgan, and babysitters during the event who donated their fees to support the cause, the Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour raised over $4,600 for OCRF. Many thanks and congratulations to Lisa Paulauskis, who organized the fundraiser in honor of her mother, and all who helped make this event such a wonderful success!
You can join OCRF Team Hope by creating your very own page or event. Click here to get started, or email Melissa Chemick for more information. You could be our next OCRF Team Hope All-Star!
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Upcoming Events: 

March 29th - Scrapbooking Fundraiser - Emmett, MI

March 30th - Hope for Heather's Breakfast at Tiffany's Fashion Show - Syracuse, NY

April 8th - Rally for Research at SPiN with OCRF's Junior Board - New York, NY

April 12th - EventPower's Power of a Woman Triathlon and 5K - East Meadow, NY

April 13th - OCRF's Ovarian Cycle Chicago Ready. Set. Ride! - Bannockburn, IL

April 14th- "Chemotherapy: What to Expect" - Free Educational Webinar

April 24th - Pie a Republican - Ramapo, NJ

April 27th - Sheryl Garrett Lapka 5K - Lisle, IL

May 4th - Cut-A-Thon to Benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund - La Habra, CA

May 12th - 13th Annual Stand Up for Madeline and OCRF - New York, NY

May 16 - 18th - 7th Annual Mother's for Daughters' "Bikers for the Cure" Motorcycle Weekend - West Dover, VT

May 17th - Super Saturday Los Angeles - Santa Monica, CA

June 8th - Athleta Esprit de She Triathlon - Naperville, IL

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