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Major hepatectomy and right hemicolectomy at the time of primary cytoreductive surgery for advanced ovarian cancer: report of a case
  3. I. PETRAKIS*,
  4. C. KOUROUSIS and
  1. *Department of General Surgery, University General Hospital of Heraklion, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  2. Department of Medical Oncology, University General Hospital of Heraklion, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: George E. Chalkiadakis, MD, Department of General Surgery, PO Box 1352, University of Crete, 71110 Heraklion, Greece. Email: chalk{at}


Major liver involvement at the time of diagnosis is a rare event in patients with ovarian cancer, and the issue of major hepatectomy at the time of primary cytoreductive surgery is controversial. A 61-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with nonspecific abdominal pain of 2-month duration and weight loss of 5 kg during the last semester. A computed tomography scan demonstrated bilateral ovarian masses, extending to the right iliac fossa, pressing the cecum-ascending colon. In the liver parenchyma, three cystic lesions were found of about 6-cm maximum diameter each, along with pelvic lymphadenopathy. There was no ascites. The diagnosis of advanced ovarian cancer was clinically suspected; the patient underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, right hemicolectomy, omentectomy, left lobectomy, deroofing, and draining of the cystic formation of the right liver lobe along with systematic pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy. Systemic chemotherapy (six cycles of paclitaxel/carboplatin) was subsequently administered, and after 15 months of follow-up period, the patient is still in first remission and alive. Ovarian cancer with concomitant extensive right colon infiltration and hematogenous liver metastases can be successfully managed with aggressive surgical resection and postoperative chemotherapy in carefully selected patients.

  • advanced ovarian cancer
  • debulking surgery

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