Current accepted prognostic indicators in ovarian cancer include performance status, surgical (FIGO) staging, and residual disease after operation. Here we present data from a prospective analysis of patients with ovarian cancer treated at the Christie Hospital. We confirm the independent prognostic effects of FIGO staging, performance status, and residual disease in our group of patients and furthermore show that CA125 levels at presentation to the oncology service are of independent prognostic significance (P= 0.02). We present survival data and show that the 3-year, cancer-specific survival for stage I disease is 90%. We postulate that this good survival may in part be due to the use of computed tomography scanning at presentation to allow accurate staging. Further clinical trials are needed to test whether combinations of surgical, histologic, biochemical, and radiologic parameters can be used to identify a population with such a good prognosis that adjuvant therapy is not required.
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