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Van Beekhuizen H.J.,Erasmus Cancer Center | Auzin M.,ZNA Middelheim | Van Den Einden L.C.G.,Radboud University Nijmegen | De Hullu J.A.,Radboud University Nijmegen | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Gynecological Cancer

Objective: The objective of the study is to determine the risk factors for groin recurrence (GR) in patients with primary vulvar squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) after inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy (IFL) without lymph node metastases and/or adjuvant chemoradiotherapy. Methods: The study is a multicenter retrospective review of clinical and histopathological data of patients with lymph node-negative vulvar SCC who underwent an IFL. Patients with and without GRs were compared to identify risk factors. Results: In 134 patients, 252 groins were eligible for the analysesV16 patients underwent ipsilateral IFL and 118 patients underwent bilateral IFL. Groin recurrences occurred in 4 (1.6%) of the 252 dissected groins. Besides, 1 patient who underwent ipsilateral IFL had a recurrence in the nonoperated contralateral groin; this groin was left out of analysis. The median number of dissected nodes per groin was 9.8 (range, 1Y38) in all patients and 6.5 (range, 5Y8) in patients with GR. Multivariate analyses showed that GR was related to poor differentiation (P = 0.04), and node count less than 9 (P = 0.04), no association with age, tumor localization, tumor diameter, focality, invasion depth, or stage was found. Nineteen patients with both low node count and poor differentiation had 19% GRs. Survival analyses showed less favorable survival in patients with poor differentiation. Conclusions: The overall risk of developing GR after negative IFL in patients with vulvar SCC is low (1.6% per groin) but significantly higher in patients with tumors with a poor differentiation and lymph node count less than 9 at IFL. A large well-designed prospective study is needed to evaluate closer surveillance in patients at risk. Copyright © 2014 by IGCS and ESGO. Source

Rutten M.J.,Center for Gynaecologic Oncology Amsterdam | Van De Vrie R.,Center for Gynaecologic Oncology Amsterdam | Bruining A.,Anthony Van Leeuwenhoek Hospital | Mol B.W.,Center for Gynaecologic Oncology Amsterdam | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Gynecological Cancer

Objective: Maximal cytoreduction to no residual disease is an important predictor of prognosis in patients with advanced-stage epithelial ovarian cancer. Preoperative prediction of outcome of surgery should guide treatment decisions, for example, primary debulking or neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by interval debulking surgery. The objective of this study was to systematically review studies evaluating computed tomography imaging based models predicting the amount of residual tumor after cytoreductive surgery for advanced-stage epithelial ovarian cancer. Methods: We systematically searched the literature for studies investigating multivariable models that predicted the amount of residual disease after cytoreductive surgery in advanced-stage epithelial ovarian cancer using computed tomography imaging. Detected studies were scored for quality and classified as model derivation or validation studies. We summarized their performance in terms of discrimination when possible. Results: We identified 11 studies that described 13 models. The 4 models that were externally validated all had a poor discriminative capacity (sensitivity, 15%-79%; specificity, 32%-64%). The only internal validated model had an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.67. Peritoneal thickening, mesenterial and diaphragm disease, and ascites were most often used as predictors in the final models. We did not find studies that assessed the impact of prediction model on outcomes. Conclusions: Currently, there are no external validated studies with a good predictive performance for residual disease. Studies of better quality are needed, especially studies that focus on predicting any residual disease after surgery. Copyright © 2015 by IGCS and ESGO. Source

Van Meurs H.S.,Center for Gynaecologic Oncology Amsterdam | Tajik P.,Center for Gynaecologic Oncology Amsterdam | Vergote I.,University Hospitals | Kenter G.G.,Center for Gynaecologic Oncology Amsterdam | And 2 more authors.
European Journal of Cancer

Background To investigate whether biomarkers consisting of baseline characteristics of advanced stage ovarian cancer patients can help in identifying subgroups of patients who would benefit more from primary surgery or neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Methods We used data of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 55971 trial in which 670 patients were randomly assigned to primary surgery or neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The primary outcome was overall survival. Ten baseline clinical and pathological characteristics were selected as potential biomarkers. Using Subpopulation Treatment Effect Pattern Plots (STEPP), biomarkers with a statistically significant qualitative additive interaction with treatment were considered as potentially informative for treatment selection. We also combined selected biomarkers to form a multimarker treatment selection rule. Findings The size of the largest metastatic tumour and clinical stage were significantly associated with the magnitude of the benefit from treatment, in terms of five-year survival (p for interaction: 0.008 and 0.016, respectively). Stage IIIC patients with metastatic tumours ≤45 mm benefited more from primary surgery while stage IV patients with metastatic tumours >45 mm benefited more from neoadjuvant chemotherapy. In stage IIIC patients with larger metastatic tumours and in stage IV patients with less extensive metastatic tumours both treatments were equally effective. We estimated that by selecting treatments for patients based on largest metastatic tumour and clinical stage, the potential five-year survival rate in the population of treated patients would be 27.3% (95% confidence interval (CI) 21.9-33.0), 7.8% higher than if all were treated with primary surgery, and 5.6% higher if all were treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Interpretation Although survival was comparable after primary surgery and neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the overall group of patients with ovarian cancer in the EORTC 55971 trial, we found in this exploratory analysis that patients with stage IIIC and less extensive metastatic tumours had higher survival with primary surgery, while patients with stage IV disease and large metastatic tumours had higher survival with neoadjuvant chemotherapy. For patients who did not meet these criteria, both treatment options led to comparable survival rates. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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