Fertility-sparing surgery and oncologic outcome among patients with early-stage ovarian cancer ∼propensity score- matched analysis∼

Hiroaki Kajiyama, Shiro Suzuki, Nobuhisa Yoshikawa, Michiyasu Kawai, Kimio Mizuno, Osamu Yamamuro, Tetsuro Nagasaka, Kiyosumi Shibata, Fumitaka Kikkawa

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Background: The aim of this study was to investigate how much the risks of recurrence and death are increased as a consequence of selecting fertility-sparing surgery (FSS) in young women with epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Methods: After a central pathological review and search of the medical records from 14 collaborating hospitals, a non-randomized, observational cohort study was conducted between 1987 and 2015, including 1183 women with stage I EOC. Finally, a total of 285 patients with stage I EOC at reproductive age were recruited. Oncologic outcomes were compared between the FSS (N = 101) and radical surgery (RS) group (N = 184) using a propensity score (PS)-matching technique to adjust for relevant risk factors: the age, substage, histological type, grade, CA125 values, ascites cytology, ascites volume, and chemotherapy. Results: During 66.0 months (median) of follow-up, 42 patients (14.7%) developed recurrence, and 31 patients (10.9%) died. In the original cohort, there was no significant difference in overall survival (OS) or recurrence-free survival (RFS) between the FSS and RS groups {Log-rank: OS (P = 0.838), RFS (P = 0.377)}. In the PS-matched cohort after adjustment for multiple clinicopathologic factors, there was no significant difference in RFS or OS between the FSS and RS groups {RFS (FSS vs. RS), HR: 1.262 (95% CI: 0.559-2.852), P = 0. 575; OS (FSS vs. RS), HR: 1.206 (95% CI: 0.460-3.163), P = 0.704}. Conclusions: After adjustment for clinicopathologic factors, FSS in itself may not worsen the oncologic outcome in young women with early-stage EOC. A large-scale clinical study is necessary to validate the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1235
JournalBMC Cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19-12-2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


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