UW Gynecologic Oncologists publish three new studies

Studies co-authored by members of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology appear in new issues of three of the leading journals in the field. UW authors include Drs. Ahmed Al-Niaimi, Ryan Spencer, Stephen Rose, Ellen Hartenbach, David Kushner, and Laurel Rice.

In the journal Gynecologic Oncology, Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, and colleagues compare surgical site infection (SSI) rates among three groups and report that by controlling the blood glucose of gynecologic oncology patients with diabetes mellitus through insulin infusion, they were able to lower SSI by 35%.

Publishing in the International Journal of Gynecologic Oncology, Al-Niaimi and colleagues analyze tissue from the primary ovarian tumors of patients diagnosed with primary ovarian cancer between 2001 and 2007. They find that patients with high notch 1 intracellular domain (NICD) expression were less likely to survive.

In order to discover risk factors for early- and late-occurring incisional hernia after midline incision for ovarian cancer, Ryan Spencer, MD, and collaborators collected retrospective data from patients undergoing primary laparotomy for ovarian cancer at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics from 2001 to 2007. They report in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology (the “green journal”) that the formation of early incisional hernias after midline incision is associated with poor nutritional status and suboptimal cytoreductive surgery, whereas late hernia formation is associated with advanced age.