, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 1429-1434
Date: 01 Oct 2013

Ovarian Cancer: A Brief Historical Overview of Intraperitoneal Trials

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The standard platinum-based treatment of previously untreated advanced ovarian cancer continues to evolve because despite high response rates to such first-line treatment, a majority of patients will experience relapse. For many years, the optimal treatment for women with advanced ovarian cancer has been maximum cytoreductive surgery followed by intravenous (IV) platinum and taxane chemotherapy. Later, several randomized multicenter phase III clinical trials demonstrated that intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy was superior to standard IV chemotherapy when there was minimal residual disease after primary debulking surgery. The underlying rationale for use of IP therapy is based on the dose–effect relationship for platinum drugs in ovarian cancer. However, barriers to implementation of IP therapy in the routine clinical setting include concern for toxicity, tolerability of planned treatment, and catheter-related complications. In this article, we highlight the key trials and recent directions in IP therapy of ovarian cancer and briefly discuss another approach to the delivery of IP chemotherapy, known as hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy.