Refky, Basel and Kotb, Sherif and Fady, Tamer and Marwan, Ahmad and Abd El-Khalek, Doaa and Elnahas, Waleed and Hafez, Mohamed T. and Malik, Eduard and Soliman, Amr A. (2015) Impact of liver cirrhosis due to chronic hepatitis C viral infection on the outcome of ovarian cancer: a prospective study. BMC cancer, 15 (1). ISSN 1471-2407


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BACKGROUND: This study was designed to investigate the impact of liver cirrhosis due to chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection on the disease-free and overall survival of ovarian cancer patients undergoing a standard primary operation followed by standard chemotherapy. Attainment of the operative goals, intra- and postoperative events, possible complications under chemotherapy necessitating the termination of treatment, and the impact of ovarian cancer treatment on liver function were assessed. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study that included only patients with primary epithelial ovarian cancer. Only patients with Child-Turcotte-Pugh classification class A disease were recruited. Patients were divided into two groups according to whether they had liver cirrhosis. All the patients underwent primary debulking surgery followed by 6 cycles of chemotherapy, and were followed-up for 24 months after chemotherapy was completed. RESULTS: We recruited 77 patients, 19 of whom had liver cirrhosis. There were no significant differences between patients with or without liver cirrhosis with respect to tumor stage, histopathological type, tumor grade, or optimal operative debulking. There was no registered liver dysfunction-related mortality in the follow-up period, and there were no statistically significant differences between the groups with respect to disease-free or overall survival (p = 0.719 and p = 0.524, respectively). CONCLUSION: From the results of this study, we conclude that compensated liver cirrhosis (Child-Turcotte-Pugh class A) due to chronic HCV infection affects neither the disease-free nor the overall survival of ovarian cancer patients, regardless of their stage. This study shows that it is possible to treat ovarian cancer patients with cirrhosis caused by HCV infection the same as any other patient; treatment does not have to be adjusted as long as the patients have Class A disease.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Department of Human Medicine
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 10:20
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 10:20
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-36148
DOI: 10.1186/s12885-015-1805-9

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