Long-Lasting Stent Placement in an Elderly Advanced Ovarian Cancer Patient

Oncol Res Treat. 2016;39(3):146-8. doi: 10.1159/000444273. Epub 2016 Feb 24.


Background: Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage, most often co-occurring with malignant bowel obstruction. Affected patients are generally in poor physical condition, and it is important to manage the bowel obstruction to improve quality of life.

Case report: We present the case of a 75-year-old woman who underwent a left hemicolectomy for an ovarian carcinoma with bowel obstruction. 3 years after hemicolectomy, the patient presented with an extrinsic anastomotic substenosis. A self-expanding metal stent was placed which remained in place for 7 years, rendering other invasive surgical treatments unnecessary.

Conclusion: The placement of a long-lasting stent is an important option in patients with bowel obstruction subsequent to recurrent ovarian cancer, since this provides a viable alternative to surgery and increases patients' quality of life.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnosis
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology*
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / complications*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Palliative Care / methods
  • Prosthesis Implantation / methods
  • Stents*
  • Treatment Outcome