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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 19

of 'The approach to ovarian cancer in older women'

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Thirty-day mortality after primary cytoreductive surgery for advanced ovarian cancer in the elderly.
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Thrall MM, Goff BA, Symons RG, Flum DR, Gray HJ
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Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Sep;118(3):537-47.
 
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors associated with increased 30-day mortality after advanced ovarian cancer debulking among elderly women.
METHODS: A database linking Medicare records with the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data was used to identify a cohort of 5,475 women aged 65 and older who had primary debulking surgery for stage III or IV epithelial ovarian cancer (diagnosed 1995-2005). Women were stratified by acuity of hospital admission. Multivariable analysis was performed to identify patient-related and treatment-related variables associated with 30-day mortality.
RESULTS: Five thousand four hundred seventy-five women had surgery for advanced ovarian cancer, and the overall 30-day mortality was 8.2%. Women admitted electively had a 30-day mortality of 5.6% (251 of 4,517), and those admitted emergently had a 30-day mortality of 20.1% (168 of 835). Advancing age, increasing stage, and increasing comorbidity score were all associated with an increase in 30-day mortality (all P<.05) among elective admissions. A group of women at high risk admitted electively included those aged 75 or older with stage IV disease and women aged 75 or older with stage III disease and a comorbidity score of 1 or more. This group had an observed 30-day mortality of 12.7% (95% confidence interval 10.7%-14.9%).
CONCLUSION: Age, cancer stage, and comorbidity scores may be helpful to stratify electively admitted patients based on predicted postoperative mortality. If validated in a prospective cohort, then these factors may help identify women who may benefit from alternative treatment strategies.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: II.
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Department of Obstetrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-6460, USA. mthrall@uw.edu
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