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Approach to survivors of epithelial ovarian, fallopian tubal, or peritoneal carcinoma

Linda R Duska, MD
Section Editors
Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH
Barbara Goff, MD
Don S Dizon, MD, FACP
Deputy Editors
Sadhna R Vora, MD
Sandy J Falk, MD, FACOG


Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecologic malignancy and the most common cause of gynecologic cancer death in the United States. Epithelial ovarian carcinoma is the most common histologic type of ovarian cancer and is closely related to fallopian tubal and peritoneal carcinomas. These will be referred to as a single entity here, as epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC).

Five-year survival rates for stage III or IV EOC are <50 percent and <20 percent, respectively (table 1). However, in 2016 there were more than 230,000 EOC survivors in the United States and there are some long-term survivors of EOC [1].

Issues pertaining to survivorship in EOC are not well-studied. This may be due to the overall poor prognosis of women with ovarian cancer and smaller populations of affected individuals compared with patients with other cancers (eg, endometrial or breast cancer). Additionally, there are many studies of ovarian cancer survivors and their difficulties, but there are few data to guide management. Nevertheless, survivorship-related issues are important to address in this growing population of women.

The approach to survivors of EOC will be reviewed here. Related topics are discussed in detail separately, including:

Overview, diagnosis, and treatment:

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