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Nana E. Tchabo, MD, FACOG
A Question & Answer with top healthcare professionals
Dr. Nana E. Tchabo,
Q: What is the leading cause of
mortality among gynecologic
A: That would be ovarian cancer.
Unfortunately, the majority of cases
are diagnosed at an advanced stage.
Despite an initial response, most
of these patients develop a recur-
rence and subsequent resistance to
Q: Can you describe a patient
who has responded well to
A: Over the past nine years, it has
been my sincere honor and pleasure to participate in the care of
many remarkable patients, including Marilyn an 87-year-old woman
with stage IIIC BRCA negative
ovarian cancer who had optimal
cytoreductive surgery in September
of 2015. She completed six cycles of
dose dense Docetaxel and monthly
Carboplatin with dose reductions in
May of 2016. She tolerated therapy
well and has been without evidence
of recurrent disease.
Q: What kind of lifestyle does
she currently enjoy?
A: She continues to play and teach
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
piano, swim and be an ever-present
matriarch to a loving and nurtur-
ing family. Her husband of 67 years
attends every one of her
surveillance appointments and their
love and commitment to one anoth-
er is palpable. She continues to inspire
me to investigate novel therapeutics.
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