Postoperative mortality after primary cytoreductive surgery for advanced stage epithelial ovarian cancer: A systematic review

Cees Gerestein, Ronald Damhuis, Curt Burger, GS Kooi

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Abstract

Objective. Accurate estimation of the risk of postoperative mortality (POM) is essential for the decision whether or not to perform cytoreductive surgery in a patient with advanced stage ovarian cancer. To ascertain modern reference figures, a systematic review of studies reporting POM after primary cytoreductive surgery for advanced stage epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) was performed. Materials and methods. A Medline search was performed to retrieve papers on primary cytoreductive surgery for advanced stage EOC. Twenty-three papers met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed. Results. According to population-based studies, POM after primary cytoreductive surgery for EOC is 3.7% on average. Single centre studies report an average rate of 2.5%. The overall mean POM is 2.8%. POM is more frequent for elderly women and after extensive procedures. Accurate information on age-specific and procedure-specific rates could not be obtained. Conclusion. POM rates after surgery for EOC are satisfactorily low. There is a clear need for reliable reference figures for mortality after debulking surgery in the elderly. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)523-527
Number of pages5
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Volume114
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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