Third stage ovarian carcinoma - Case report: The necessity of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment

E. M. Messalli, C. Scaffa, G. Mainini, M. Rotondi, E. Pecori, L. Cobellis

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Ovarian carcinoma, part of a heterogeneous group of tumours, is the main cause of death by gynaecological neoplasms [1,2]. The diagnosis, in general, is delayed. Multiorgan diffusion, the necessity of a surgical operation and strong chemotherapy, and the eventual pathology due to patient age are all factors that require a multidisciplinary approach. In fact the case, here reported, refers to a patient who came under our observation for a bilateral ovarian mass discovered casually during an abdominal ultrasound exam carried out for renal colic. Excellent cytoreduction with peritoneal cytology, total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingooophorectomy (Figure 2), bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy, total omentectomy, removal of nodules from the mesentery, the colon and three nodules in the abdominal wall thickness was executed. The histological report was G3, angioinvasive bilateral ovarian endometrioid adenocarcinoma. Metastasis was found only in one left obturator lymph node out of 17 lymph nodes removed. All of the removed abdominal, mesenteric and intestinal nodules were neoplastic. It is concluded that the complexity of similar cases always requires a multidisciplinary approach as in our case, involving an oncologist, hematologist, surgeon, gynaecologist, radiologist, anaesthesiologist, and nursing staff in the management of third stage ovarian cancer patients to obtain the best treatment thus guaranteeing a higher survival rate and better quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-293
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Gynaecological Oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Chemotherapy
  • Gynaecological neoplasm
  • Ovarian carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology


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