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Current status of maintenance therapy for advanced ovarian cancer

Authors Hope JM, Blank S

Published 2 November 2009 Volume 2009:1 Pages 173—180


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Joanie Mayer Hope, Stephanie V Blank

New York University School of Medicine, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, New York NY, USA

Abstract: Even after countered with and responding to maximal surgical and chemotherapy efforts, advanced ovarian cancer usually ultimately recurs. One strategy employed to forestall recurrence is maintenance chemotherapy, an extension of treatment following a complete response to conventional measures. Many agents have been studied and many more are currently under investigation in maintenance regimens. While phase III data suggest that taxane maintenance prolongs progression-free survival, no overall survival benefit has been established. This article reviews the current status of maintenance therapy for advanced ovarian cancer, including phase III evidence and new and upcoming trials.

Keywords: maintenance therapy, consolidation therapy, advanced ovarian cancer

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