Recurrent metastatic fallopian tube carcinoma in pregnancy

Gynecol Oncol. 2001 Apr;81(1):110-2. doi: 10.1006/gyno.2000.6097.


Background: Fallopian tube cancer is the rarest of all gynecologic cancers. An extensive literature search on Medline reveals no previous case reports of fallopian tube carcinoma in association with a term pregnancy.

Case: A woman with surgical stage IIB fallopian tube carcinoma was treated with limited staging laparotomy, as per the patient's fertility wishes, followed by adjuvant cis-platinum and paclitaxel (Taxol). One year following chemotherapy, she conceived. She was noted to have an asymptomatic intraabdominal recurrence at 16 weeks. The patient completed 37 weeks of pregnancy without further therapy according to her wishes. She subsequently underwent a cesarean section with optimal tumor reduction surgery. Carboplatin and paclitaxel were reinstituted, achieving partial response. She is presently alive with stable disease status 6 months after completing her salvage chemotherapy.

Conclusion: This is the first case report of recurrent fallopian tube cancer in pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Neoplasms / secondary
  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Cisplatin / administration & dosage
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / surgery
  • Paclitaxel / administration & dosage
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic / pathology*
  • Salvage Therapy


  • Paclitaxel
  • Cisplatin