Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - Fighting cancer through clinical research


Ovarian cancer can be devastating. Far too many women are diagnosed too late, once the cancer has already spread, making treatment more difficult. When a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent.

A number of research projects in Belfast Trust are part of the fight against cancer, working to provide earlier diagnosis and better treatments. Read on to find out more.


Research into Ovarian Cancer

Look out for Dr Stephen Dobbs talking to UTV this week about his recently completed research project into ovarian cancer, here in Belfast Trust.

Other projects include:

Research into the origin of ovarian cancer. This focuses on High Grade Serous Cancer (HGSC) - the most common type of ovarian cancer - accounting for 75% of all ovarian cancers. For many years the origin of ovarian cancer has been unknown or difficult to establish. However, over the last 10 years there has been increasing evidence that the origin of HGSC is not the surface of the ovary, but the distal end of the fallopian tube. This allowed researchers to focus on the cell of origin, the search for a premalignant abnormality and blood tests to identify such abnormalities.
This is a joint research project with Queens University and the CCRCB.

Drug Discovery research: This project in collaboration with Queens University School of Pharmacy and molecular therapies is looking at how a new drug affects the stem cell activity in cancerous cells of ovarian cancer patients. These cells are highly resistant to standard therapy which can cause tumour relapse. This is an important work in an area that has seen no significant new drugs released in over 20 years.

Target Ovarian Cancer

Do you have a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer?

In partnership with Target Ovarian Cancer we are supporting an event exclusively for women who have had a diagnosis. 

Download the event programme here: 
‘Being Together Day on Wednesday 9th March at the Radisson Blu, Belfast.