High Blood Pressure: A Silver Lining for Ovarian Cancer Patients?

From Drugs.com - April 18, 2017

High Blood Pressure: A Silver Lining for Ovarian Cancer Patients?

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 -- A woman's prognosis after an ovarian cancer diagnosis may be affected by a number of unexpected factors, new research suggests.

The study found that diabetes is linked to a 112 percent higher risk of death for women with ovarian cancer. The research also showed that women with a specific type of ovarian cancer actually seemed to benefit from having a high blood pressure (hypertension) diagnosis.

"This is a coincidental and unintended consequence of hypertension and its treatment," said study co-lead author Kirsten Moysich. She's a professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.

"But it's a silver lining to a serious but largely manageable medical condition that has reached epidemic prevalence in the U.S. and many other countries worldwide," Moysich said in an institute news release.

The researchers reviewed data from 15 studies of women. All had invasive epithelial ovarian cancer. The study did not find an overall association between high blood pressure or heart disease and death risk.

However, high blood pressure was linked to a 46 percent lower risk of progression for women with endometrioid ovarian cancer. This type of cancer is a subtype of epithelial ovarian cancer. Endometrioid ovarian cancer usually has better outcomes, the researchers said.

It's possible that medications to treat high blood pressure may play a role, the study authors suggested.

The study only found an association -- not a cause-and-effect link -- between ovarian cancer outcomes and conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The study authors said more research is needed.

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