Surgical outcomes and national comprehensive cancer network compliance in advanced ovarian cancer surgery in a low volume military treatment facility

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  • Objective. To evaluate the optimal cytoreduction (OPT) rate, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) treatment guideline compliance rate and patient outcomes for advanced stage epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients at our low volume institution. Methods. Following IRB approval, records of patientswith Stage III-IV EOC, primary peritoneal, or fallopian tube carcinoma completing both primary surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy were reviewed. Patient demographics, clinicopathologic variables, cytoreduction status (optimal or suboptimal), NCCN treatment guideline compliance, and survival were reviewed. Standard statistical tests including the t-test, Chi-square or Fisher's exact test and Kaplan-Meier Survival curves were utilized. Results. Overall, 48 patients met all inclusion criteria. 35(73%) and 13 (27%) achieved optimal and suboptimal cytoreduction, respectively. Median overall survival (OS) for all patients was 37.1 months (95% CI 23.2 - 51.1 months) and NCCN treatment guideline compliance was 85.4%. Compared to sub-optimally cytoreduced patients the optimally cytoreduced patients were significantly older (62.2 vs. 53.5 yrs; p = 0.015); no other significant clinicopathologic differenceswere observed between the two groups. 19 of 48 (39.6%) patients enrolled in an upfront cooperative group trial.Median OSwas 43.4 months for optimally compared to 15.6 months in sub-optimally cytoreduced patients (p = 0.012). Conclusions. NCCN treatment guideline compliance, OPT, and median OS rates in our low volume institution are similar to those reported nationally, and argue against using volumealone as a rationale for centralization of care. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Phippen NT; Barnett JC; Lowery WJ; Miller CR; Leath CA
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  • 131
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