The management of patients with epithelial ovarian cancer with no or minimal residual disease at second-look laparotomy after aggressive surgery and platinum-based chemotherapy has not been definitively established. We report the results of a randomized study comparing three more courses of the same chemotherapy inducing the response (21 patients) with whole-abdomen radiotherapy (20 patients). Thirty-eight patients responded to first-line chemotherapy and three had stabilization of disease. In eight patients tumor debulking was performed at second-look laparotomy. No severe toxic effects were noted in both arms. Bowel obstruction occurred in one patient treated with radiotherapy. At a median follow-up of 22 months, 11 of 20 patients in the radiotherapy arm and 6 of 21 in the chemotherapy arm progressed and 9 and 3 patients died, respectively. Although the number of randomized patients is small we stopped the trial because of the survival and progression-free survival advantage of chemotherapy-treated patients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology