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Professor Aleksandar Blašković, one of the Distinguished Surgeons of our Hospital, Departed this Life Fifty Years Ago (1882-1953).

Sestre Milosrdnice University hospital and Institute of Clinical Medical Research; [email protected]
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11 Historical.p65 Acta Clin Croat, Vol. 42, No. 4, 2003 369 BOOK REVIEW Acta Clin Croat 2003; 42:369-371 Book Review LIJE¨ENJE RAKA JAJNIKA (TREATMANT OF OVARIAN CARCINOMA), by Damir Eljuga and coworkers. Medicinska naklada, Zagreb, 2003, 128 pages Never leave your patient alone under the white blanket (Father Anton Grebe ) Almost everyone knows that cancer is second only to cardiovascular diseases as the cause of death in the west- ern world, and that gynecologic cancers account for one of seven cancers in women. Approximately one of 20 women will develop a gynecologic malignancy and one of 40 will die of the disease. Damir Eljuga, editor and one of the authors of the book, emphasizes that nowadays in Croatia as well as in the rest of the world, cancer of the ovary is considered to be the leading cause of death from gynecologic malignancies, with a 5-year survival rate of approximately 35%. According to the latest data, there are 567 newly diagnosed ovarian can- cer patients, and in Zagreb 120. The annual mortality rate is 272, which is considered to be very high. The epidemi- ology of ovarian cancer is being tackled in the first of the 12 chapters of the book. In recent years, there has been considerable interest in trying to determine the cause of epithelial ovarian cancer, and in particular in efforts to iden- tify a familial link, which is the topic of the second chap- ter. Only 10% of sufferers have a family history of two or more relatives affected with the disease, although a simi- lar number have a history of one relative with ovarian can- cer and other family members who have a history of either breast, endometrial, or bowel cancer. Genetic investiga- tions have to date identified two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2. The most common familial link is the one be- tween mother and daughter, or sister and sister, grand- mother and aunt. The third chapter is dedicated to the observation of the use of anticoagulant therapy, low mo- lecular weight heparin, to have a prophylactic effect

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