Early ovarian cancer: Is there a role for systematic pelvic and para- aortic lymphadenectomy?

G. Baiocchi, F. Raspagliesi, G. Grosso, R. Fontanelli, L. Cobellis, E. Di Re, F. Di Re

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In order to focus on the incidence and the clinical significance of lymphatic spread in patients with cancer apparently confined to the ovaries, we present our 20 year experience in a large series of patients with early ovarian cancer who had systematic pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy. A retrospective study of 280 consecutive patients is presented. Systematic pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy was performed in 205 cases (73.2%). Selective sampling and node biopsy were performed in 30 (10.7%) and 7 (2.5%), respectively. Node metastases were found in 32/242 patients (13.2%). The incidence of metastatic nodes was significantly higher in patients with serous adenocarcinomas and]or poorly-differentiated tumors. When few nodes were involved (1-3) lymphatic spread was most ipsilateral to the tumor. Even though the retrospective nature of the study has to be considered, univariate analysis revealed statistically significant differences in 5-year survival based on FIGO stage, histology, grade of differentiation, and node status. By contrast, using multivariate analysis, none of these risk factors was an independent variable for predicting long-term survival. However, node status closely approached the statistically significant level (P = 0.06). Only prospective and randomized studies can clarify the role of lymphadenectomy in early ovarian cancer. However, while awaiting these results, this surgical procedure should be a part of a research protocol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Early ovarian cancer
  • Lymph node status in ovarian cancer
  • Lymphadenectomy in ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology


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