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Neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by fast-track cytoreductive surgery plus short-course hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) in advanced ovarian cancer: preliminary results of a promising all-in-one approach

Authors Batista TP, Carneiro VCG, Tancredi R, Teles ALB, Badiglian-Filho L, Leão CS

Received 5 October 2017

Accepted for publication 12 November 2017

Published 13 December 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 869—878

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S153327

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Antonella D'Anneo


Thales Paulo Batista,1,2 Vandré Cabral G Carneiro,1,3 Rodrigo Tancredi,4,5 Ana Ligia Bezerra Teles,6 Levon Badiglian-Filho,7 Cristiano Souza Leão8

1Department of Surgery/Oncology, IMIP – Instituto de Medicina Integral Professor Fernando Figueira, 2Department of Surgery, UFPE – Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 3Department of Gynecology, HCP – Hospital de Câncer de Pernambuco, 4Department of Clinical Oncology, IMIP – Instituto de Medicina Integral Professor Fernando Figueira, 5Department of Clinical Oncology, HCP – Hospital de Câncer de Pernambuco, 6Department of Anaesthesiology, IMIP – Instituto de Medicina Integral Professor Fernando Figueira, Recife, 7Department of Gynecology, AC Camargo Cancer Center, Sao Paulo, 8Department of Surgery, IMIP – Instituto de Medicina Integral Professor Fernando Figueira, Recife, Brazil

Purpose: Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has been considered a promising treatment option for advanced or recurrent ovarian cancer, but there is no clear evidence based on randomized controlled trials to advocate this approach as a standard therapy. In this study, we aim to present the early outcomes and insights after an interim analysis of a pioneering clinical trial in Brazil.
Methods: This study was a cross-sectional analysis of early data from our ongoing clinical trial – an open-label, double-center, single-arm trial on the safety and efficacy of using HIPEC for advanced ovarian cancer (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT02249013). A fast-track recovery strategy was also applied to improve patient outcomes.
Results: Nine patients with stage IIIB (n=1) or IIIC (n=8) epithelial malignancies were enrolled until February 2017. The median (range) serum CA125 level at diagnosis was 692 (223.7–6550) U/mL. The median number of preoperative cycles of intravenous (i.v.) chemotherapy was 3 (2–4), resulting in peritoneal cancer index scores of 9 (3–18) at the time of HIPEC. Time of restarting i.v. chemotherapy was 37 (33–50) days with all patients completing 6 cycles as planned. The median operation time was 395 (235–760) minutes, the length of hospital stay was 4 (3–10) days, and all the patients left the ICU on the morning after the procedure. Two patients experienced no postoperative complications, whereas 91% of the complications were minor G1/G2 events. Preliminary assessment also suggested no impairment of the patient’s quality of life.
Conclusion: Our comprehensive protocol might represent a promising all-in-one approach for advanced ovarian cancer. The patient recruitment for this trial is ongoing.

Keywords: hyperthermia, peritoneal neoplasms, peritoneal surface malignancy, peritoneal carcinomatosis, ovarian neoplasms

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