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Cancer. 1993 Feb 15;71(4 Suppl):1629-38.

National survey of ovarian carcinoma. I. A patient care evaluation study of the American College of Surgeons.

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Ovarian Cancer Subcommittee, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois.



The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recently finished a national survey of patients with ovarian cancer patients. The goal was to compare the patterns of care over a 5-year period.


Data were collected from 25 consecutive patients whose disease was diagnosed first at 904 hospitals with cancer programs in 1983 and 1988.


There was a total of 12,316 patients, of whom 80% were 45-85 years old. Contrary to popular belief, only 8.2% of patients were nulliparous; 85% of patients had one to five children. Of significance, 18.2% of patients with ovarian cancer had undergone a previous hysterectomy with ovarian preservation. Primary surgical treatment was used in 94.9% of patients and consisted of: oophorectomy, 81.9%; hysterectomy, 55.1%; and omentectomy, 59.0%. However, only 12-25% of patients had biopsies of the diaphragm, paracolic gutters, colon, small bowel, pelvic and paraaortic lymph nodes, and cul-de-sac to permit adequate surgical staging. The primary surgeons were: gynecologic oncologists, 21%; obstetrician-gynecologists, 45%; general surgeons, 21%; and others, 13%.


These data indicate that additional resources are needed to improve the care of patients with ovarian cancer.

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