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Landoni F.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Sartori E.,University of Brescia | Maggino T.,Unit of Gynecology and Obstetrics | Zola P.,University of Turin | And 5 more authors.
Gynecologic Oncology | Year: 2014

Purpose Neoadjuvant chemotherapy [NACT] followed by radical hysterectomy is an alternative therapeutic option to concurrent chemotherapy-radiotherapy for locally advanced cervical cancer. However there are very few data about the effectiveness of any post-operative treatment in this clinical setting. The purpose of this study was to correlate the patterns of recurrence and the clinical outcomes of cervical cancer patients who received NACT, with postoperative adjuvant treatment. Patients and methods This retrospective multicenter study included 333 patients with FIGO stage Ib2-IIb cervical cancer who underwent platinum-based NACT followed by radical surgery. Pathological responses were retrospectively assessed as complete; optimal partial; and suboptimal response. Overall optimal response rate was the sum of complete and optimal partial response rates. Results On the whole series, recurrence-free survival was significantly longer in patients who achieved an overall optimal response than in those who did not (p < 0.0001), and in patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy compared to those who did not (p = 0.0001). On multivariate analysis, consolidation therapy (p = 0.0012) was the only independent prognostic variable for recurrence-free survival; whereas FIGO stage (p = 0.0169) and consolidation therapy (p = 0.0016) were independent prognostic variables for overall survival. Conclusion Optimal responders after chemo-surgical treatment for FIGO stage Ib2-IIb cervical cancer do not need any further treatment. Additional cycles of chemotherapy could be of benefit for patients with suboptimal response and intra-cervical residual disease. Both adjuvant chemotherapy and adjuvant radiation treatments do not seem to improve the clinical outcome of patients with extra-cervical residual disease compared to no further treatment. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.


Gadducci A.,University of Pisa | Cosio S.,University of Pisa | Landoni F.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Maggino T.,Unit of Gynecology and Obstetrics | And 6 more authors.
Gynecologic Oncology | Year: 2014

Objectives The purpose of this retrospective study was to assess the clinical outcome of patients with high-risk, early-stage endometrioid endometrial cancer (stage Ib or II with myometrial invasion > 50%, grade 2-3). Methods We assessed 192 patients who underwent hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy, had histologically negative pelvic nodes, and had negative CT findings for aortic node involvement. Results Tumor relapsed in 36 patients after a median time of 21.2 months. The recurrence was vaginal in 7 (19.4%), distant in 16 (44.4%), aortic in 8 (22.2%), and involved multiple sites in 5 (13.9%). There was a trend to a lower vaginal recurrence rate in the 143 patients who received adjuvant radiotherapy (+ chemotherapy) compared with the 46 who did not (2.1% versus 8.7%). Distant or aortic recurrences were lower in the 37 patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy (+ radiotherapy) than in the 152 who did not (2.7% versus 18.4%, p = 0.02). Of the 29 patients who received sequential adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy, none developed local recurrence and only one had distant recurrence. There was a trend for a better 5-year progression-free survival and overall survival for the patients who received chemotherapy (+ radiotherapy) compared with those who did not (86.0% versus 71.3%, and 92.3% versus 75.6%, respectively). Conclusions Our data appear to suggest that adjuvant chemotherapy reduces the risk of distant or aortic recurrences and that sequential adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy achieve an excellent local and distant control of disease in these clinical settings. © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc.


Carrara L.,University of Brescia | Gadducci A.,University of Pisa | Landoni F.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Maggino T.,Unit of Gynaecology and Obstetrics | And 6 more authors.
International Journal of Gynecological Cancer | Year: 2012

Objective: To determine current practice and to assess the value of routine follow-up procedures for endometrial cancer surveillance. To discuss whether such procedures are feasible and effective to identify asymptomatic recurrences and describe the pattern of relapse detected by procedures. Methods: The records of 282 consecutive women with recurrent endometrial cancer treated from 1986 to 2005 were retrospectively collected in 8 Italian institutions. Primary disease, clinical history, and recurrence features and data were analyzed. Results: Thirty-five (12.4%) of 282 patients had recurrence in vaginal vault, 51 patients (18.0%) had recurrence in central pelvis, 14 patients (4.9%) had recurrence in pelvic wall, and 39 patients (13.8%) had recurrence in lymph nodes. One-hundred twenty-eight patients (45.3%) showed a distant relapse, whereas 15 patients (5.3%) developed both distant relapse and local relapse. The site of relapse influenced survival because the patients with vaginal vault recurrences lived significantly longer than the patients with recurrences in other sites. Eighty (28.4%) of the 282 patients became symptomatic and anticipated the scheduled visit, 37 (13.1 %) of the patients reported their symptoms during the follow-up meeting, and 165 (58.5 %) of the patients were asymptomatic and the diagnostic path was introduced by a planned visit or examination. Among the asymptomatic patients, the first procedure that led to further examinations was clinical visit alone for 60 (36.4%) of 165 patients, imaging for 103 patients (62.4%), and cytologic examination for 2 patients (1.2%). Symptoms at recurrence can predict survival: patients with an asymptomatic recurrence had a median survival time from relapse of 35 months versus 13 months if they had a symptomatic repetition (P = 0.0001). Conclusions: Follow-up after endometrial cancer treatment varies in Italy. In this retrospective study, women with asymptomatic recurrence have shown a better clinical outcome compared with those with symptomatic relapse. The optimal approach is actually unknown, and guidelines comparing follow-up protocols have not been established. Prospective costeffectiveness studies are needed. Copyright © 2012 by IGCS and ESGO.


Joham A.E.,Monash University | Joham A.E.,Diabetes and Vascular Medicine Unit | Palomba S.,Unit of Gynecology and Obstetrics | Hart R.,University of Western Australia
Seminars in Reproductive Medicine | Year: 2016

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting up to one in five reproductive-aged women. It is underpinned by insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism and is associated with metabolic, reproductive, and psychological features. Women with PCOS have higher rates of obesity and central adiposity compared with women without PCOS, and weight strongly influences prevalence and clinical severity of PCOS. Women with PCOS may have subfertility and women should be aware of factors affecting fertility, in particular the impact of obesity and age. Once pregnant, women with PCOS have significantly increased risk of pregnancy-related complications including gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders, premature delivery, and delivery by cesarean section. The offspring of women with PCOS may have increased risk of congenital abnormalities and hospitalization in childhood. Clinicians should be aware of the increased risk and screen, prevent, and manage accordingly. Copyright © 2016 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.


Romagnolo C.,Unit of Gynecology and Obstetrics | Leon A.E.,Regional Center for Biomarkers | Fabricio A.S.C.,Regional Center for Biomarkers | Fabricio A.S.C.,Italian National Cancer Institute | And 14 more authors.
Gynecologic Oncology | Year: 2016

Objective This multicenter study aims to evaluate HE4, CA125 and risk of ovarian malignancy algorithm (ROMA) performance in the differential diagnosis of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Methods A total of 405 patients referred to gynecological oncologist with suspicious pelvic mass requiring a surgery for identification of EOC were consecutively enrolled; 387 patients satisfied inclusion criteria: 290 benign diseases; 15 borderline neoplasia and 82 tumors (73 EOC). Results Good diagnostic performance in discriminating benign from EOC patients was obtained for CA125, HE4 and ROMA when calculating optimal cut-off values: premenopause, specificity (SP) > 86.6, sensitivity (SN) > 82.6, area under the curves (AUC) ≥ 0.894; postmenopause, SP > 93.2, SN > 82, AUC ≥ 0.928. Fixing SP at 98%, performance indicators obtained for benign vs EOC patients were: premenopause, SN:65.2%, positive predictive value (+ PV): 75%, positive likelihood ratio (+ LR): 26.4 for CA125; SN:69.6%, + PV:76.2%, + LR:28.1 for HE4; SN:69.6%, + PV: 80%; + LR:35.1 for ROMA; postmenopause, SN:88%, + PV: 95.7%, + LR:38.7 for CA125; SN:78%, + PV:95.1%, + LR:34.3 for HE4; SN:88%, + PV:97.8%, + LR:77.4 for ROMA. When using routine cut-off thresholds, ROMA showed better well-balanced values of both SP and SN (premenopause, SN:87%, SP:86.1%; postmenopause, SN:90%; SP:94.3%). Conclusions Overall, ROMA showed well balanced diagnostic performance to differentiate EOC from benign diseases. Meaningful differences of + PVs and + LRs between HE4 and CA125 suggest that the two markers may play at least in part different roles in EOC diagnosis, with HE4 seeming to be more efficient than CA125 in ruling in EOC patients in the disease group, also in early stages tumors, both in pre and postmenopause. © 2016 Published by Elsevier Inc.

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