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European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) Guidelines for Ovarian Cancer Surgery
  1. Denis Querleu, MD*,
  2. François Planchamp*,
  3. Luis Chiva, MD,
  4. Christina Fotopoulou, MD,
  5. Desmond Barton, MD§,
  6. David Cibula, MD,
  7. Giovanni Aletti, MD,
  8. Silvestro Carinelli, MD,
  9. Carien Creutzberg, MD#,
  10. Ben Davidson, MD**,
  11. Philip Harter, MD,,
  12. Lene Lundvall, MD,,
  13. Christian Marth, MD§§,
  14. Philippe Morice, MD∥∥,
  15. Arash Rafii, MD, PhD¶¶,
  16. Isabelle Ray-Coquard, MD##,
  17. Andrea Rockall, MD,
  18. Christiana Sessa, MD***,
  19. Ate van der Zee, MD†††,
  20. Ignace Vergote, MD‡‡‡ and
  21. Andreas duBois, MD,
  1. * Institut Bergonié, Bordeaux, France;
  2. Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain;
  3. Imperial College London;
  4. § Royal Mardsen Hospital, London, UK;
  5. Charles University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic;
  6. European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy;
  7. # Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands;
  8. ** Oslo University Hospital, Norwegian Radium Hospital/Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway;
  9. †† Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Essen, Germany;
  10. ‡‡ Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark;
  11. §§ Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria;
  12. ∥∥ Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France;
  13. ¶¶ Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Doha, Qatar;
  14. ## Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon, France;
  15. *** Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland, Bellinzona, Switzerland;
  16. ††† University Medical Center, Groningen, the Netherlands; and
  17. ‡‡‡ University Hospitals, Leuven, Belgium.
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Denis Querleu, MD, Institut Bergonié, 229 Cours de l'Argonne, 33000 Bordeaux, France. E-mail: denis.querleu{at}


Methods The European Society of Gynaecological Oncology council nominated an international multidisciplinary development group made of practicing clinicians who have demonstrated leadership and interest in the care of ovarian cancer (20 experts across Europe). To ensure that the statements are evidence based, the current literature identified from a systematic search has been reviewed and critically appraised. In the absence of any clear scientific evidence, judgment was based on the professional experience and consensus of the development group (expert agreement). The guidelines are thus based on the best available evidence and expert agreement. Before publication, the guidelines were reviewed by 66 international reviewers independent from the development group including patients representatives.

Results The guidelines cover preoperative workup, specialized multidisciplinary decision making, and surgical management of diagnosed epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, and peritoneal cancers. The guidelines are also illustrated by algorithms.

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Guidelines
  • Surgery
  • Algorithms

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  • The authors declare no conflicts of interest.