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Failing to Follow Best Practices – Ovarian Cancer Informed Consent

At the 2013 annual meeting on Women’s Cancer by The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (March 9 2012 – Los Angeles) Dr. Robert Bristow, the director of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of California – Irvine presented a retrospective review of the medical records of 13,321 women with ovarian cancer, diagnosed from 1999 through 2006 in California. The study determined that only 37% of the care provided to this cohort adhered to the guidelines set forth by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network setting forth specific surgical procedures and chemotherapy. In women that received the specified protocol, 35% survived at least five years where…

Informed Consent and Multifetal Reduction Liability

 Informed Consent and Multifetal Reduction by Bernard W. Freedman, Bioethicist The New York Times ran a story on October 12, 2009, addressing the issue of multiple pregnancies after In Vitro Fertilization, IVF or intrauterine insemination IUI, and hormone therapy.  This article by Stephanie Saul, “Grievous Choice on Risky Path to Parenthood,” follows the patient Amanda Stansel, who, after being told she was carrying six fetuses, decided to reject multifetal reduction and accept the risks for herself and her children. Following IVF or IUI, multiple pregnancies occur 10 times the rate as it occurs in a natural cycle. Multifetal reduction is…