Café scientifique on Ovarian Cancer - learn about this "silent killer"

On the evening of May 5th, our experts discussed the causes of this disease and the usefulness of early detection with women.

Too many women continue to die from ovarian cancer due to a simple lack of awareness.The MUHC invited you to its Café scientifique on Ovarian Cancer on May 5, 2010 at the Café des beaux-arts to come and learn about this “silent killer”.

Our experts came out of their clinics and laboratories to share with you the causes of this disease, the different stages and the usefulness of early detection.

The event was videotaped for the website.

  • 380 Montrealers diagnosed every year
  • Early detection = 90 % survival rate

Video links:

1. Introduction: Ms. Gaëlle Lussiaà-Berdou, Radio-Canada

2. Dr. Lucy Gilbert


3. Dr. Josée Dubuc-Lissoir

4. Dr.William Foulkes
Discussion links:

Q & A 1

Q & A 2

Q & A 3

Q & A 4


Ms. Gaëlle Lussiaà-Berdou, Radio-Canada
Dr. Lucy Gilbert, MUHC
Chief of Gynecological Oncology
and lead researcher of the
DOVE (Detecting OVarian cancer Earlier) study


Dr. Josée Dubuc-Lissoir, MUHC,
Associate Director of
Gynecological Oncology research



Dr.William Foulkes, McGill University
Director of the
Cancer Genetics Program


1. I am very concerned about what you say because my mother had breast cancer at 28, I had it at 38, my sister had it two years ago and now she's battling ovarian cancer. Am I next?
2. If we do not have genetic or hereditary factors, what are the risk factors?



3. Is hormone replacement or taking oral contraceptives a risk factor for ovarian cancer?
4. I have symptoms and I did note that they are more distinct during the period of ovulation. Do you offer tests during this period?
5. Is Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome or cysts on the ovaries related to ovarian cancer?


6. A lot of doctors are not aware of ovarian cancer symptoms. What is being done to raise awareness about this deadly disease within the medical field?
7. Are women of a certain ethnicity more at risk than women of other backgrounds?



8. If you have a genetic mutation, what are the chances of developing ovarian cancer?
9. Is there any other means of contraception that protects against ovarian cancer?