The second-look celiotomy in ovarian cancer

Thomas F. Rocereto, Charles E. Mangan, Robert L. Giuntoli, Thomas V. Sedlacek, Harrison J. Ball, John J. Mikuta

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Thirty-six patients with primary ovarian carcinoma who had 42 second-look procedures performed are reported. Twenty-three patients had no tumor found at the second-look celiotomy and were given no further treatment. Thirteen patients had tumor at the second-look procedure and were continued on therapy. Six patients have died with disease and all had a positive second-look celiotomy. Two patients have died with leukemia but with no evidence of ovarian cancer, one after a negative second-look and the other a negative third-look. No patient with a negative second-look celiotomy has died with disease. A correlation with respect to the findings at the second-look was found with respect to the stage of disease and the amount of residual tumor at the initial surgery. The use of the second-look celiotomy in patients with disease in the early stages and in patients treated with irradiation is discussed, along with the utilization of the laparoscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages12
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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