Fifty-three patients with histologically proven ovarian cancer were treated with intraperitoneally administered cisplatin or human recombinant interferon-alpha through a totally implanted peritoneal access port. A total of 281 treatment courses were given. No complications related to surgical implantation of the port were seen. Infectious complications, intra-abdominal problems or subcutaneous drug extravasation did not occur. In two patients the number of treatment courses was limited due to inflow obstruction. A totally implanted peritoneal access port proves to be a reliable route for the intraperitoneal treatment of patients with ovarian cancer. The strict aseptic technique we used contributes to its safety by preventing intra-abdominal infections.
- i.p catheter
- ovarian cancer
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