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Two-Day Series in the Vancouver Sun:  Controversies and Triumphs of OVCARE's Ovarian Cancer Prevention Campaign

by Pamela Fayerman, Vancouver Sun Medical/Health Issues Reporter

February 22, 2013 - Pamela Fayerman, Vancouver Sun Reporter, discusses the controversies and triumphs of OVCARE's Ovarian Cancer Prevention Campaign two and a half years after its launch.

In the nearly 18 years that I've been the Vancouver Sun's health/medical issues specialist, I've written countless articles about research discoveries that appear surprising, relevant and promising.  Knowledge Transfer - how research findings are communicated and if they ever actually change medical practice for the benefit of patients - is something to which I'm paying a lot more attention.  In 2012, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research awarded me a $20, 000 grant to pursue a health journalism research project on Knowledge Transfer.  I selected a handful of BC discoveries to highlight; the BC OVCARE-led change in surgical paradigm involving removal of fallopian tubes during hysterectomies and tubal ligations, was the main one.

I travelled to cities around North America interviewing experts about the way OVCARE experts conducted Knowledge Transfer on the change in surgical paradigm.  I got an earful.  Everyone, everywhere, had strong opinions.  Each one of them had unique perspectives worth sharing.  The flip side of expeditious Knowledge Transfer is more deliberate Slow Medicine - painstakingly waiting for high level evidence to prove that delivering different medical care is going to be safe and effective.  BC experts didn't take the slow or predictable route when they evaluated the mounting evidence that about two-thirds of high grade serous carcinomas were actually originating in the tubes, not the ovaries.  Their self-described eureka moment quickly led them to instantly recommend surgeons start a dialogue with patients about fallopian tube removal for potential prevention of ovarian cancer.

As my series shows, this has opened the door to highly important, provocative discussions, not to mention healthy debate.

The stories highlight the groundbreaking work of BC OVCARE experts and should guarantee their findings are followed, anticipated and scrutinized for many, many years.

To read the series, visit:

Pamela Fayerman's blog

Vancouver Sun Part 1 of a 2-day Series

Vancouver Sun Part 2 of a 2-day Series

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