The aim of the study was to determine if biomarker expression could help discriminate between short-term and long-term survivors in women with advanced ovarian cancer. Fifty-one patients with stage III ovarian cancer were selected for the study, which included 28 short-term survivors (death from ovarian cancer within 18 months) and 23 long-term survivors (alive for more than 5 years). There was no difference between the two groups with respect to FIGO substage, age, World Health Organization score, and first-line platinum therapy. Classic clinical pathologic parameters were examined together with p53, Bcl-2, Ki-67, PDGFRα, P-glycoprotein, BRCA1, and DNA ploidy. Immunohistochemistry was used for scoring biomarker expression and image cytometry for DNA ploidy. All patients had primary debulking surgery followed by first-line platinum therapy. On multivariate analysis, the presence of ascites, debulking surgery and repeat laparotomy, clear-cell histology, elevated CA125, and high Ki-67 score were all found to be of prognostic importance. The long-term survivors were characterized by primary optimal cytoreduction surgery (<1 cm residual disease), attempt at maximal tumor debulking by experienced gynecological oncologic surgeons, and the absence of ascites. Normal CA125 level before platinum therapy and negative Ki-67 expression also predicted a more favorable prognosis.
- advanced ovarian cancer
- long-term survival
- prognostic factors
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