Ovarian Cancer Recurrence

Ultima Vez Modificado: 3 de agosto del 2003

Share article


Imprima English

Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
I've never really understood how or why my ovarian cancer could come back, but I'm well aware of the risk. I've had a negative second look and am in remission. Is recurrence due to undetected cancer being left behind, or is it due to cells dividing uncontrollably again once chemo effects wear off. Or could it indeed be either/ or? Does anyone know the answer to this?  

Answer

Stephen C. Rubin, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:

In patients with advanced stage ovarian cancer who have completed initial chemotherapy and have had a second-look operation with no evidence of cancer detected, we know that the risk of cancer recurrence is approximately 50%. Obviously, this means that there are cancer cells present that were not killed by the chemotherapy, and were not detected by the second-look operation.

A great deal of research has gone into attempting to identify additional therapy that can decrease the risk of recurrence after initial chemotherapy, both in patients who have had second-look, and in those who have not. Most recently, efforts have focused on prolonged chemotherapy utilizing paciltaxel or other agents. You should discuss with your gynecologic oncologist whether or not such therapy might be appropriate for you.

Imprima English
News
Society of Gynecologic Oncology document reviews etiology, risks, early detection

Oct 14, 2010 - he Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) has issued a comprehensive white paper -- as part the organization's professional GynecoLogic Cancer Collaborative education program -- that provides an overview of and background on the screening, diagnosis, and management of ovarian cancer. The report is published in the October issue of Gynecologic Oncology.



I Wish You Knew

How cancer patients have changed my life

View More



Blogs and Web Chats

OncoLink Blogs give our readers a chance to react to and comment on key cancer news topics and provides a forum for OncoLink Experts and readers to share opinions and learn from each other.




OncoLink OncoPilot

Frente a un nuevo diagnóstico de cáncer o de cambiar el curso de su tratamiento actual? Deje que nuestro personal de enfermería cáncer que ayudan a pasar!

Más información