The aim of treatment in recurrent or refractory epithelial ovarian cancer is palliation. In a patient with platinum-resistant status, several chemotherapy regimens have been reported with similar response rates. Among these agents, the oral etoposide holds an advantage of the route of administration and management in the out-patient setting. This retrospective study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of oral etoposide. Data of patients with recurrent or refractory epithelial ovarian, primary peritoneal and fallopian tube cancer who received oral etoposide treatment in Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University from January 1997 to December 2017 were collected. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were primary and secondary outcomes, respectively. The oral etoposide at a dose of 50 mg/m2 was prescribed. Sixty-six records were analysed. Median OS and median PFS were 8.3 months (95% confidence interval (CI): 6.8, 10.4) and 3.1 months (95%CI: 2.3, 3.9), respectively. Other factors including age, body mass index (BMI), histopathology subtype, primary treatment, result of the primary surgery, platinum status, site and size of recurrent cancer, treatment after discontinuation of oral etoposide and the line of chemotherapy regimen were not associated with the prognosis. The initial cancer stage was the only independent poor prognostic factor. The main toxicity was neutropenia. Impact StatementWhat is already known on this subject? After the recurrence of epithelial ovarian cancer, peritoneal cancer or fallopian tube cancer, the aim of treatment in this setting is palliation with accentuating on symptomatic control and enhancing the quality of life. According to previous clinical trials, the chemotherapy regimens which were considered as a second-line or beyond the second-line therapy have been reported with similar response rates. Among these agents, the oral etoposide could be administrated by oral route. There were several articles reported the effectiveness of oral etoposide in different dosage.What do the results of this study add? This study adds that administration of oral etoposide at a dose of 50 mg/m2 showed fairish oncologic outcomes with manageable toxicity.What are the implications of these findings for clinical practice and/or further research? The results will provide evidence that the oral etoposide can be considerate as a choice of palliative chemotherapy because of an advantage of the route of administration and management in the out-patient setting.
Keywords: Chemotherapy; epithelial ovarian cancer; oral etoposide; platinum-resistant ovarian cancer; recurrent ovarian cancer.