Edited by: Arthur T. Skarin, MD, FACP, FCCP
Epithelial ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Most women with ovarian cancer present at an advanced stage (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage III), for which the standard treatment remains cytoreductive surgery followed by platinum- and taxane-based combination chemotherapy. Although this treatment frequently is curative for patients with early-stage disease, more than 60% of women with advanced disease will develop recurrent disease with progressively shorter disease-free intervals. However, there are many clinical trials in progress that are aimed at refining current therapy and evaluating different approaches to postoperative therapy, with the goal of improving prognosis and quality of life.
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