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Gynecol Oncol. 1987 Jul;27(3):368-72.

Survival of ovarian carcinoma with or without lymph node metastasis.

Abstract

Because of the limited number of reports concerning the influence of retroperitoneal lymph node metastasis upon survival in patients with ovarian carcinoma, a prospective study was conducted between December 1975 and December 1982 to provide such information. This series consisted of 75 unselected patients with epithelial carcinoma of the ovary in all stages. Thirty-three patients had tumor-positive nodes and 42 had negative nodes. The two groups were compared with regard to stage of disease, grade of tumor, histology of tumor, residual disease after initial operation, finding at second-look laparotomy, and survival. All had initial maximal surgery and biopsy of para-aortic and pelvic nodes: most received postoperative chemotherapy. Follow-up was from 36 months to 10 years. Patients with positive nodes preferentially had more advanced disease (Stage III and IV). Grade 3 tumor, papillary serous cystadenocarcinoma, residual disease greater than 2%, low rate of second-look laparotomy, and death. Patients with negative nodes were connected with earlier disease (Stage I and II), nonserous tumor, minimal residual disease, high rate of second-look laparotomy, and survival. No patient with isolated nodal metastasis to pelvic or para-aortic survived. Only 18.2% with concomitant para-aortic and pelvic node involvements are currently alive, opposed to 64.3% with negative node. The results indicate that tumor-positive nodes in ovarian carcinoma are a poor prognostic factor and current combination chemotherapy is not effective. Alternative treatment for these patients should be considered.

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