Ovarian cancer: ten-year experience in a community hospital.

G. Franchin, D. Crivellari, S. Tumolo, C. Scarabelli, A. De Paoli, S. Frustaci, A. Ciampi, L. Del Ben, R. Talamini, M. Trovò

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We reviewed 187 patients with epithelial ovarian cancer treated, from 1975 to 1985, at the Division of Radiotherapy and Medical Oncology, Pordenone General Hospital, Italy. It seemed of interest to report an experience carried out in a community hospital in a consecutive unselected series of patients affected by ovarian cancer. Survival time was evaluated from the day of the primary surgical approach to the end of the study (March 1985). The aim of the study was to confirm in our patient population the importance of some already recognised prognostic factors that influence survival (age, stage, histology, grade, type of surgery and residuum). We also analyzed the effect of the treatment variables chemotherapy and radiotherapy on survival. The general pattern of prognostic factors appears to be in agreement with reports in the literature. In our experience, residual disease and stage were the main important prognostic factors; grade and histology had a secondary relevance, and age did not seem to be a prognostic factor in our population. New chemotherapy regimens and/or radiotherapy did not appear to improve survival. In fact, comparison of the results obtained from 1975-1979 and from 1980-1985 (when more aggressive surgery and cisplatin-containing regimens were employed) showed no statistically significant difference in survival rate. Our data suggest that patients at an early stage can receive a satisfactory quality of care in a general hospital with oncology facilities, provided the surgeon and the pathologist are experienced in ovarian cancer. Patients at stage III but completely surgically resected can also be adequately treated. Patients with advanced disease, considering the lack of established efficacious treatments, should be referred to specialized centers, where new drugs or experimental strategies can be tested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-388
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 31 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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