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Hum Reprod. 2005 May;20(5):1379-85. Epub 2005 Apr 7.

Conservative treatment in epithelial ovarian cancer: results of a multicentre study of the GCCLCC (Groupe des Chirurgiens de Centre de Lutte Contre le Cancer) and SFOG (Société Francaise d'Oncologie Gynécologique).

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  • 1Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France.



Results of conservative management of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remain controversial in the literature. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical outcomes and fertility following fertility-sparing surgical management of EOC in a retrospective multicentre study.


A multicentre retrospective study was performed by members of two French groups. Six inclusion criteria were defined: (i) Histological review by the same pathologist; (ii) age < or =40 years; (iii) conservative management; (iv) complete peritoneal staging; (v) delivery of a platinum-based chemotherapy in stage > or = IC; and (vi) follow-up >1 year.


Thirty-four patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria: 30 had stage IA disease; three had stage IC and one had stage IIA. Eleven patients had recurrence: 10 patients had invasive disease and one had borderline recurrence. Among 10 patients with invasive recurrence, initial stage and grade were: stage IA G1, n = 1; stage IA G2, n = 4; stage IA G3, n = 1; and stage> or = IC, n = 4. All patients with stage > IA had recurrence. Ten pregnancies were observed in nine patients.


Conservative surgery for patients with EOC could be considered in young patients with stage IA G1 disease. This procedure should not be performed in patients with FIGO stage > IA.

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