Clinical practice of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early-stage epithelial ovarian cancer

Lindy M J Frielink, Brenda M Pijlman, N.P.M. Ezendam, Johanna M A Pijnenborg

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Adjuvant platinum-based chemotherapy improves survival in women with early-stage epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Yet, there is a wide variety in clinical practice.


All patients diagnosed with FIGO I and IIa EOC (2006-2010) in the south of the Netherlands were analyzed. The percentage of patients that received adjuvant chemotherapy was determined as well as the comprehensiveness of staging and outcome.


Forty percent (54/135) of the patients with early-stage EOC received adjuvant chemotherapy. Treatment with adjuvant chemotherapy was associated with FIGO stage, clear-cell histology and nonoptimal staging. Optimal staging was achieved in 50%, and nonoptimal staging was associated with advanced age, comorbidity and treatment in a non-referral hospital. Overall, there was no difference in outcome between patients with and without adjuvant chemotherapy. Yet, in grade 3 tumors, adjuvant chemotherapy seems beneficial.


Selective treatment of patients with early-stage EOC might reduce adjuvant chemotherapy without compromising outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-294
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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