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Women 65 years of age or older with epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) are thought to have a worse prognosis than younger patients. However, no consensus exists concerning the best treatment for ovarian cancer in this age group. Mercy surgical oncologists Drs. Armando Sardi and Vadim Gushchin, as well as Mercy gynecologic oncologist Dr. Teresa Diaz-Montes, were among the authors of a new study, "Outcomes for Elderly Ovarian Cancer Patients Treated with Cytoreductive Surgery Plus Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (CRS/HIPEC)," published online in Annals of Surgical Oncology. The report concluded that “Age and feasibility of complete cytoreduction should be considered when treatment methods are selected for elderly patients. A carefully selected elderly population can benefit significantly from aggressive treatment methods.”

Abstract

Women 65 years of age or older with epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) are thought to have a worse prognosis than younger patients. However, no consensus exists concerning the best treatment for ovarian cancer in this age group. This report presents outcomes for patients treated with cytoreductive surgery (CRS) plus hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).

Methods

A prospective database of EOC patients treated with CRS/HIPEC (1998–2019) was analyzed. Perioperative variables were compared by treatment including upfront CRS/HIPEC, neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus CRS/HIPEC (NACT + CRS/HIPEC), and salvage CRS/HIPEC, and by age at surgery (< 65 and ≥ 65 years). Survival analysis was performed, and outcomes were compared.

Results

Of the 148 patients identified, 42 received upfront CRS/HIPEC, 48 received NACT + CRS/HIPEC, and 58 received salvage CRS/HIPEC. Each group was subdivided by age groups (< 65 and ≥ 65 years). The median overall survival (OS) after the upfront CRS/HIPEC was 69.2 months for the patients < 65 years of age versus 69.3 months for those ≥ 65 years of age. The OS after NACT + CRS/HIPEC was 26.9 months for the patients < 65 years of age versus 32.9 months for those ≥ 65 years of age, and the OS after salvage CRS/HIPEC was 45.6 months for the patients < 65 years of age versus 23.9 months for those ≥ 65 years of age. The median progression-free survival (PFS) after upfront CRS/HIPEC was 41.3 months for the patients < 65 years of age versus 45.4 months for those ≥ 65 years of age. The PFS after NACT + CRS/HIPEC was 16.2 months for the patients < 65 years of age versus 11.2 months for those ≥ 65 years of age, and the PFS after salvage CRS/HIPEC was 18.7 months for the patients < 65 years of age versus 10 months for those ≥ 65 years of age. The median follow-up period for the entire cohort was 44.6 months [95% confidence interval (CI) 34.7–60.6 months].

Conclusion

Age and feasibility of complete cytoreduction should be considered when treatment methods are selected for elderly patients. A carefully selected elderly population can benefit significantly from aggressive treatment methods.

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