Epithelial ovarian cancer: second and third line chemotherapy (review).

A. Latorre, M. De Lena, A. Catino, E. Crucitta, D. Sambiasi, M. Guida, A. Misino, V. Lorusso

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Standard therapy for patients affected with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer is cytoreductive surgery followed by combination chemotherapy. With this treatment, most patients obtain clinical complete or partial response, nevertheless, relapse is common and salvage chemotherapy is often needed. The probability of response to second line chemotherapy following platinum-based treatments is usually related to the platinum-free interval, even if recent studies have reported some other clinical features as having prognostic value, such as tumour burden and histology. Salvage monochemotherapy is generally used, but when the platinum-free interval is longer than 24 months, re-treatment with platinum compounds and/or taxanes is indicated. Moreover, a number of new agents with demonstrated activity in ovarian cancer are currently available. Sequentially used in recurrent disease, these agents may improve survival and/or quality of life. Among these new drugs, the most promising are: topotecan, doxil, gemcitabine and platinum analogues such as oxaliplatin, nedaplatin, satraplatin, BBR3464 and ZD0473. However, the real aim of salvage chemotherapy in relapsed ovarian cancer still remains palliative care, because complete responses are very rarely reported and long lasting responses are very seldom observed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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