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Remarks and conclusions on ovarian cancer treatment
  1. A. Poveda
  1. Fundación Instituto Valenciano de Oncología, Valencia, Spain
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Dr. Andres Poveda, Servicio de Oncología Médica, Fundación Instituto Valenciano de Oncología, C/ Prof. Báguena, 19, 46009 Valencia, SPAIN. Email: apoveda{at}


Ovarian cancer is still the fourth cause of death by cancer among women and the most fatal among gynecological tumors. The purpose of this symposium has been to report and discuss the new developments in the treatment of patients with ovarian cancer, the majority of whom still present with advanced disease. It also tries to make clear to the participants what is evidence-based and what is not. Although the main topic of the symposium is advanced disease, this edition included some updated information on the treatment of early disease under the heading “is early disease really early”; the importance of screening and molecular approaches are highlighted. In addition studies reported in the literature on the role of chemotherapy versus no chemotherapy in high-risk patients with early ovarian cancer have been updated.

The pace of new agent development has increased, and it would be helpful to have more efficient preclinical models and early phase-clinical trials to guide the selection of active agents for phase III evaluation. Reaching international consensus is a challenge, but offers the opportunity to test multiple regimens more efficiently against a single control population, rather than conducting multiple smaller studies with redundant internal controls. If indeed answers to the relevant questions are to be obtained more quickly, then a network of current national or international groups could potentially facilitate this.

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