Cytoreductive surgery for advanced ovarian cancer: quo vadis?

Oncology (Williston Park). 2011 Sep;25(10):928-34.


Two-thirds of women who are newly diagnosed with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer present with stage III or IV disease.The preferred initial treatment has traditionally consisted of primary surgical debulking followed by platinum-based chemotherapy. However, recent data suggesting comparable efficacy for neoadjuvant chemotherapy and interval debulking have challenged this conventional dogma. Most patients with advanced ovarian cancer will achieve remission regardless of initial treatment, but 80% to 90% of patients will ultimately relapse. The timing and clinical benefit of a second debulking operation for recurrent disease is even more contentious. This article focuses on the recent debate regarding when--or whether--patients with ovarian cancer should undergo aggressive surgical resection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / surgery*