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  • 2017-03-08

Role of laparoscopy in treating ovarian cancer

Epublication WebSurg.com, Mar 2017;17(03). URL:
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Borderline ovarian tumors (BOTs) represent about 10 to 20% of all ovarian malignancies and differ from invasive ovarian cancers (IOCs) by many characters. The standard management of BOT is peritoneal washing cytology, hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, omentectomy, complete peritoneal resection of macroscopic lesions; in case of mucinous BOTs, appendectomy should be performed. Because BOTs are often diagnosed at an earlier stage, in younger women and have a better prognosis and a higher survival rate than IOCs, fertility-sparing surgery is one of the options to preserve a childbearing capacity. However, conservative surgery is still controversial. So far, postoperative chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormone therapy are not recommended. BOTs are characteristically difficult to diagnose using preoperative radiological methods, exhibit inconsistencies in expression of tumor markers, and are often inaccurately identified using frozen sections. In these slides, Dr. Marco Puga will discuss the controversial issues of BOTs and will present the management of BOTs.