Cress et al. Characteristics of long-term survivors of epithelial ovarian cancer
Why should you read about this topic?
To accurately portray prognosis for your patients diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer
What were the authors trying to do?
Identify characteristics associated with long-term survival in women with epithelial ovarian cancer
Who participated and in what setting?
All California residents diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer between 1994 and 2001 tracked in the California Cancer Registry through 2011 (N=11,541)
What was the study design?
Retrospective, cross-sectional, descriptive analysis
What were the main outcome measures?
Length of survival after the diagnosis of cancer
What were the results?
Long-term survival (>10 years) was associated with younger age, early stage, low-grade, and non-serous histology. Almost 1/3 survived more than 10 years.
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What were the study strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: large cohort, long follow-up. Weaknesses: missing data, particularly for tumor grade; no pathology review
What does the study contribute for your practice?
Nearly one-third of ovarian cancer patients will be long-term survivors