"But the problem is that there is normally a high mortality rate." Each year, more than 1200 women are diagnosed with ov-arian cancer - about three per day in Australia.
About 800 of these will die from the disease.
"Women often get diagnosed at a late stage, they don't have the same warning signs that you do with other cancers and by the time you are diagnosed the cancer has spread into other tissues," Ms Edwards said.
"The prognosis is often quite low."
Less than half of the women who have ovarian cancer live for five years beyond their diagnosis.
Ms Edwards said while she knows the compounds do work, she now needs to look at why and how these drugs are working and why they selectively target and kill cancer cells.
"We want to find out what are these compounds doing that instigates natural cell death," she said.
"A cancer cell is basically a cell which forgets to die - it mutates and the cell continues to grow."