Assessing the Risk of Occult Cancer and 30-day Morbidity in Women Undergoing Risk-reducing Surgery: A Prospective Experience

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Study Objective To investigate the incidence and predictive factors of 30-day surgery-related morbidity and occult precancerous and cancerous conditions for women undergoing risk-reducing surgery. Design A prospective study (Canadian Task Force classification II-1). Setting A gynecologic oncology referral center. Patients Breast-related cancer antigen (BRCA) mutation carriers and BRCAX patients (those with a significant family history of breast and ovarian cancer). Interventions Minimally invasive risk-reduction surgery. Measurements and Main Results Overall, 85 women underwent risk-reducing surgery: 30 (35%) and 55 (65%) had hysterectomy plus bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) and BSO alone, respectively. Overall, in 6 (7%) patients, the final pathology revealed unexpected cancer: 3 early-stage ovarian/fallopian tube cancers, 2 advanced-stage ovarian cancers (stage IIIA and IIIB), and 1 serous endometrial carcinoma. Additionally, 3 (3.6%) patients had incidental finding of serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma. Four (4.7%) postoperative complications within 30 days from surgery were registered, including fever (n = 3) and postoperative ileus (n = 1); no severe (grade 3 or more) complications were observed. All complications were managed conservatively. The presence of occult cancer was the only factor predicting the development of postoperative complications (p =.02). Conclusion Minimally invasive risk-reducing surgery is a safe and effective strategy to manage BRCA mutation carriers. Patients should benefit from an appropriate counseling about the high prevalence of undiagnosed cancers observed at the time of surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-842
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • BRCA
  • Cancer
  • Laparoscopy
  • Morbidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Cite this