Intraperitoneal chemotherapy for ovarian cancer: a question of feasibility?

Drug Resist Updat. 2003 Aug;6(4):165-7. doi: 10.1016/s1368-7646(03)00061-x.


Increasing the tumor concentration of chemotherapeutic agents by local administration seems one logical approach to increase the efficacy of treatment. This approach is actively pursued in ovarian cancer, which allows local, intraperitoneal drug administration. In this commentary we put into perspective a recent study of Rothenberg et al. reporting on IP administration of a combination of cisplatin and paclitaxel. We argue that feasibility of IP administration of chemotherapy should not preclude its application.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / administration & dosage*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / pharmacokinetics
  • Cisplatin / administration & dosage
  • Cisplatin / adverse effects
  • Cisplatin / therapeutic use
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Drug Resistance, Multiple / genetics
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intraperitoneal
  • Injections, Intravenous
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Paclitaxel / administration & dosage
  • Paclitaxel / adverse effects
  • Paclitaxel / therapeutic use
  • Phenotype
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Paclitaxel
  • Cisplatin