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Gynecol Oncol. 2007 Aug;106(2):381-7. Epub 2007 May 16.

Response and outcomes in elderly patients with stages IIIC-IV ovarian cancer receiving platinum-taxane chemotherapy.

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Gynecology Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA.



Recent reports have suggested that only half of women age > or =65 with advanced ovarian cancer are treated with platinum-based chemotherapy. The objective of this study was to compare the response to platinum-taxane chemotherapy and subsequent outcomes between patients older and younger than 65 years of age with stages IIIC-IV epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC).


A cohort study was performed of all patients with stages IIIC-IV EOC who had their primary surgery at our institution from 1998 to 2004 and subsequently began platinum-taxane chemotherapy. Main outcomes were response to primary chemotherapy, platinum resistance and progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS).


A total of 292 patients began primary platinum-taxane therapy after surgery and comprised our study group. Of these, 108 (37%) were > or =65 years old and 184 (63%) were <65. Stage of disease, optimal cytoreduction rate, number of chemotherapy cycles and chemotherapy regimen alterations were similar between groups. Patients > or =65 achieved a clinical complete response with a similar frequency to those <65 (70% vs. 79%) and had similar rates of platinum sensitivity at 6 months (61% vs. 65%). Patients > or =65 had equivalent PFS (P=0.99) and OS (P=0.36) to those <65. Age > or =65 years was not independently associated with impaired survival.


Patients > or =65 years of age demonstrated similar rates of initial response, platinum resistance, PFS and OS to younger patients. Elderly women who can tolerate primary cytoreductive surgery should receive combination platinum-taxane chemotherapy.

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