Rachel Louise O'Donnell

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW Provision of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to women following a diagnosis of a gynaecological malignancy is a complex and controversial area associated with a lack of published guidance. As the average age of women affected by gynaecological cancer decreases and survival following provision of effective therapies increases, clinicians(More)
Interest has increased in the potential role of circulating tumour cells in cancer management. Most cell-based studies have been designed to determine the number of circulating tumour cells in a given volume of blood. Ability to understand the biology of the cancer cells would increase the clinical potential. The purpose of this study was to develop and(More)
Purpose: DNA damage defects are common in ovarian cancer and can be used to stratify treatment. Although most work has focused on homologous recombination (HR), DNA double-strand breaks are repaired primarily by nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ). Defects in NHEJ have been shown to contribute to genomic instability and have been associated with the(More)
BACKGROUND Cell lines provide a powerful model to study cancer and here we describe a new spontaneously immortalised epithelial ovarian cancer cell line (NUOC-1) derived from the ascites collected at a time of primary debulking surgery for a mixed endometrioid / clear cell / High Grade Serous (HGS) histology. RESULTS This spontaneously immortalised cell(More)
OBJECTIVES The phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) tumor suppressor protein has been found to be inactivated or mutated in various human malignancies and to play a role in cisplatin and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitor sensitivity. In this study, we assessed the association of PTEN loss with homologous recombination (HR) deficiency and increased(More)
INTRODUCTION Epithelial ovarian cancer is recognized to be heterogeneous but is currently treated with a single treatment strategy. Successful patient stratification of emerging chemotherapy agents is dependent upon the availability of reliable biomarkers indicative of the entire tumor. AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate intertumor and intratumor(More)
INTRODUCTION Treatment of locally advanced vulva cancer (LAVC) remains challenging. Due to the lack of randomised trials many questions regarding the indications for different treatment options and their efficacy remain unanswered. METHODS In this retrospective study we provide the largest published series of LAVC patients treated with anovulvectomy,(More)
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