Prompt treatment of advanced-stage ovarian cancer by a gynecologic oncologist with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy is approved standard of care. Nonetheless, some patients are not evaluated by a gynecologic oncologist prior to starting their treatment.
Some patients are not evaluated by a gynecologic oncologist prior to starting their treatment.
In a recent study in the journal Gynecologic Oncology, researchers sought to review the treatment trends in patients treated for ovarian cancer and to evaluate the impact of care on survival. A total of 10,086 ovarian cancer patients who were treated between 2007 and 2018 were included. During the study period, there was an 8% increase in ovarian cancer patients undergoing assessment by a gynecologic oncologist and a 19% increase in surgeries performed by a gynecologic oncologist. Moreover, there was an increased risk for all-cause mortality in patients who were not assessed nor treated by a gynecologic oncologist before first treatment.
Increased risk for all-cause mortality in patients who were not assessed nor treated by a gynecologic oncologist before first treatment.
Consequently, assessment by a gynecologic oncologist before starting initial treatment is associated with improved survival in women diagnosed with advanced-stage ovarian cancer and should be considered standard of care.
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