The value of consolidation therapy in advanced epithelial ovarian carcinoma patients is controversial. The aim of the present study was to assess the long-term survival of patients with a pathologically confirmed complete remission who had consolidation by single-dose, whole-abdominopelvic radiotherapy. Of 96 histologically confirmed stage II–IV epithelial ovarian carcinoma patients who underwent cytoreductive surgery followed by high-dose, platin-based chemotherapy, 57 were in complete clinical remission at the end of therapy and 50 underwent a second-look laparotomy. The study group comprises 32 consecutive patients who had no pathological evidence of disease and who received 800 cGy single-dose, whole-abdominal radiotherapy by an 8 MEV linear accelerator in a single fraction. The absolute 5-year survival and the actuarial 10-year survival were 78.7 and 63.3%, respectively. The survival was significantly better in patients who had ≤2 cm residual disease at the completion of the original operation. No severe postradiation complications were encountered. Mild complications were seen in three (9.4%) patients. Our data indicate a favorable long-term survival of patients with a negative second-look laparotomy who had consolidation with single-dose, whole-abdominal radiotherapy. These results seem to suggest that a collaborative, prospective, randomized multiarm study is indicated to solve the controversial issue of consolidation therapy.
- complete pathological remission
- consolidation radiotherapy
- ovarian cancer
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