Sustained response to bevacizumab in refractory well-differentiated ovarian neoplasms

Gynecol Oncol. 2006 Jul;102(1):5-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2006.03.048. Epub 2006 May 12.


Background: Bevacizumab has demonstrated activity against a variety of solid tumors, including ovarian carcinoma. However, there have not been reproducible prognostic features associated with its activity.

Cases: One patient each with recurrent, refractory well-differentiated serous-endometrioid ovarian carcinoma, micropapillary serous carcinoma of the ovary, and primary peritoneal micropapillary serous carcinoma were treated with single agent bevacizumab (15 mg/kg [DOSAGE ERROR CORRECTED] intravenously every 3 weeks). All three have had dramatic sustained responses of 15, 15, and 22 months' duration.

Conclusion: Bevacizumab may have significant activity against well-differentiated ovarian carcinoma and micropapillary serous carcinomas of the ovary or peritoneum. Since these tumors are generally indolent and not responsive to adjuvant therapy, further investigation is warranted.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Bevacizumab
  • Carcinoma, Endometrioid / drug therapy
  • Carcinoma, Endometrioid / pathology
  • Cystadenocarcinoma, Serous / drug therapy
  • Cystadenocarcinoma, Serous / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Bevacizumab