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Volume 15, Number 2, 2010

Whole abdominal radiotherapy in ovarian cancer

Alberto Biete, Izaskun Valduvieco, Angels Rovirosa, Blanca Farrús, Francesc Casas, Carlos Conill



The aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical outcome and toxicity after adjuvant whole abdominal radiotherapy (WART) in patients with ovarian cancer.

Material and methods

Ten patients with optimal cytoreduced ovarian cancer, with a mean age of 58 years (40–70) and stage Ic: 4, stage II: 2, stage III: 4, were treated with WART and adjuvant chemotherapy (9/10). The total radiation dose was 22.5 Gy in the whole abdomen and 42–45 Gy in the pelvis.


The mean follow-up was 8 years. The 5-year actuarial disease-free survival (DFS) was 60%, and the overall survival (OS) was 70%. Four patients had disease recurrence. The sites of recurrence were the abdomen in 2 patients and distant metastases in the other 2 patients (liver and brain metastasis). Gastrointestinal toxicity was as follows: acute 3/10 grades I and II, and late toxicity: 2/10 grades I and II, and only 1 patient developed small bowel obstruction (SBO) that required surgery.


Whole abdominal radiotherapy after surgery and platinum-based chemotherapy achieves high locoregional disease control with an acceptable risk of acute toxicity.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2010; 15(2) : 27-30

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