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Lupus is a chronic disease in which inflammation causes harm to tissues and organs.
“We’re involved in several interesting and exciting studies for our patients with lupus that is difficult to treat,” says Neil Kramer, MD, medical co-director of the Institute for Rheumatic and Autoimmune Disease, or IRAD, at Overlook Medical Center. The studies involve new biologic drugs, which work in a targeted fashion at the cellular level, to prevent or limit tissue damage.
For Ovarian Cancer
Atlantic Health System is one of only 12 institutions in the nation to enroll volunteers for a 15-year study. The goal is to see if a specific screening test for ovarian cancer is better than others to detect the condition early. Modern medicine’s most promising method of detecting early stages of ovarian cancer is by detecting high levels of the protein CA-125 in a woman’s blood. “This study is unique because it looks at the rate of increase in CA-125 levels over time,” says Daniel Tobias, MD. “We want to know if a steady increase indicates an early-stage cancer, before the levels are high and it’s already a late-stage cancer.”
Study volunteers should be postmenopausal women, ages 50-74. There are currently about 800 women enrolled. Participation requires a simple blood test yearly and possibly an ultrasound, plus answering surveys.