Papillary serous carcinoma of the peritoneum. A review of 33 cases treated with platin‐based chemotherapy

David T. Ransom, Shreyaskumar R. Patel, Gary L. Keeney, George D. Malkasian, John H. Edmonson

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Thirty‐three patients were identified who had papillary serous carcinoma of the peritoneum (PSCP). The gross operative specimens, histopathologic condition, and treatment records were reviewed. The median age at presentation was 60 years (age range, 22 to 78 years). Abdominal pain and distention were the most common presenting symptoms. All patients had a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo‐oophorectomy, and all but two had debulking surgery. All patients had disease involving the omentum, the abdominal and pelvic peritoneum, and the surface of the ovaries, but none had intrinsic disease of the ovaries. Eight patients had disease outside of the abdominal cavity. Seven of these patients had malignant pleural effusions. All patients received platin‐based chemotherapy. Sixteen patients underwent second‐look laparotomy, two had no evidence of disease, and one had microscopic disease only. The median survival time for all patients was 17 months. Three patients are alive 6 to 7 years after the initial diagnosis. In conclusion, longterm survival can be achieved in some PSCP patients by debulking surgery and platin‐based chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1091-1094
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 15 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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