State of the science: Evolving role of surgery for the treatment of ovarian cancer

Published:August 28, 2019DOI:
      While surgery combined with systemic chemotherapy has remained the foundation of ovarian cancer treatment, the scope, timing, and overall philosophy surrounding surgical debulking has continued to evolve. There is abundant controversy regarding certain aspects of ovarian cancer management, including the role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) and the timing of cytoreductive surgery. Over the past 3 decades, however, one factor has remained unchanged: volume of residual disease after debulking surgery is a strong prognostic factor in ovarian cancer, reinforcing the importance and relevance of surgical effort in the care of these patients.
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