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Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2009 Jun;279(6):797-801. doi: 10.1007/s00404-008-0814-1. Epub 2008 Oct 21.

The effect of symptom duration in epithelial ovarian cancer on prognostic factors.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, E. Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel. joseph12@internet-zahav.net

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To assess the association between duration of symptoms and main prognostic factors of invasive epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC).

METHODS:

The data of all histologically confirmed EOC patients diagnosed in Israel during the period 1994-1999 (n = 1,005) were retrieved from discharge summaries and admission records. Of the 371 (36.9%) patients with known presenting symptoms, the durations of 187 (50.4%) were recorded.

RESULTS:

The most common presenting symptoms were abdominal pain (65.2%). The percentage of patients with three or more symptoms increased significantly with stage (P = 0.001). No statistically significant association between duration of symptoms and prognostic factors was found.

CONCLUSION:

Our findings did not show an association between duration of symptoms and prognostic factors in EOC patients and may indicate that prognosis is not a function of delay in diagnosis.

PMID:
18936947
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