Malignant Bowel Obstruction in Patients With Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Elizabeth Tran, Clayton Spiceland, Nicole P. Sandhu, Aminah Jatoi

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We sought to report incidence, risk factors, and survival related to bowel obstruction in 311 ovarian cancer patients with recurrent disease. A total of 68 (22%) had a documented bowel obstruction during their cancer course, and 49 (16%) developed it after cancer recurrence. Surprisingly, 142 (45%) fit into an “unknown” category (3+ months of data lacking from last contact/death). No risk factors were identified; management included surgery (n = 21), conservative measures (n = 21), and other (n = 7). Documented bowel obstruction was not associated with a statistically significant reduction in survival after cancer recurrence. In conclusion, although bowel obstruction occurs in only a subgroup of patients with ovarian cancer and does not appear to detract from survival after cancer recurrence, limited end-of-life information may be resulting in an underestimation of incidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-275
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • bowel obstruction
  • end of life
  • morbidity
  • ovarian cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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