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Thursday 01 September 2005

Modern management of recurrent ovarian carcinoma. A systematic approach to a chronic disease.

By: Michener CM, Belinson JL.

Oncology (Williston Park) 2005 Sep;19(10):1277-85; discussion 1285, 1288, 1293

The management of ovarian cancer entails a complex blend of medical and surgical interventions. Managing patients with recurrent ovarian cancer increases the complexity of therapies and adds palliative interventions. The presence of recurrent ovarian cancer is both emotionally and physically taxing for patients as well as their caregivers. With an increasingly informed patient population, a balance must be achieved between easily accessible information enabling patients to know that they now have an incurable disease and support for their hopes and desires to still overcome their cancer. The decision tree in the management of recurrent ovarian cancer blends many different factors. This discussion will separate those factors as if they are pure elements. We will address management based on response to primary therapy and time to recurrence, the location of recurrence, symptoms of recurrence, the patient's histopathology, and the patient's primary stage as it relates to the extent of disease present at the start of chemotherapy.

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