The FDA website provided valuable information as well. https://www.fda.gov/ForPatients/Approvals/Drugs/ucm405579.htm
To find new drugs is a long and expensive process:
Step 1: Development
Step 4: FDA Review
FDA Post-Market Drug Safety Monitoring
Even though clinical trials provide important information on a drug’s efficacy and safety, it is impossible to have complete information about the safety of a drug at the time of approval. Therefore, the true picture of a product’s safety actually evolves over the months and even years that make up a product’s lifetime in the marketplace. FDA reviews reports of problems with prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and can decide to add cautions to the dosage or usage information, as well as other measures for more serious issues.
I recently attended the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance annual conference. Here are some new treatments that were presented. Please note that these new drugs would not be available without people volunteering for clinical trials. Think of them as being a part of a study, not as a "guinea pig."
Great strides in treating women with or without the BRCA mutation for recurrent ovarian cancer. There are three drugs that affect the DNA of the cancer cells by inhibiting the PARP enzyme. Learn more about them at: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0,10&as_vis=1&qsp=6&q=parp+inhibitors+in+ovarian+cancer
Another area showing great promise by building a woman's own immune system through a vaccine. This research is in its early stages. https://ocrfa.org/2018/04/vaccine-for-ovarian-cancer-shows-promising-results-in-pilot-trial/
A gene therapy that delivers a protein that suppresses the development of female reproductive organs may improve survival rate in women who have recurred after initial chemotherapy. Unfortunately recurrence happens 70% of the time.https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/07/recurrent-ovarian-cancer-patients-may-have-hope/
There are dedicated physicians, scientists, researchers, and people working hard to find cures or improved treatments and medications. I am grateful to each of them.