Identification of Patients with Recurrent Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Who Will Benefit from More Than Three Lines of Chemotherapy

Aeran Seol, Ga Won Yim, Joo Yeon Chung, Se Ik Kim, Maria Lee, Hee Seung Kim, Hyun Hoon Chung, Jae Weon Kim, Noh Hyun Park, Yong Sang Song

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Purpose This study aimed to identify patients who would benefit from third and subsequent lines of chemotherapy in recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Materials and Methods Recurrent EOC patients who received third, fourth, or fifth-line palliative chemotherapy were retrospectively analyzed. Patients' survival outcomes were assessed according to chemotherapy lines. Based on the best objective response, pati-ents were divided into good-response (stable disease or better) and poor response (progressive disease or those who died before response assessment) groups. Survival outcomes were compared between the two groups, and factors associated with chemotherapy responses were investigated. Results A total of 189 patients were evaluated. Ninety-four and 95 patients were identified as good and poor response group res-pectively, during the study period of 2008 to 2021. The poor response group showed significantly worse progression-free survival (median, 2.1 months vs. 9.7 months; p < 0.001) and overall survival (median, 5.0 months vs. 22.9 months; p < 0.001) compared with the good response group. In multivariate analysis adjusting for clinicopathologic factors, short treatment-free interval (TFI) (hazard ratio [HR], 5.557; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.403 to 12.850), platinum-resistant EOC (HR, 2.367; 95% CI, 1.017 to 5.510), and non-serous/endometrioid histologic type (HR, 5.045; 95% CI, 1.152 to 22.088) were identified as independent risk factors for poor response. There was no difference in serious adverse events between good and poor response groups (p=0.167). Conclusion Third and subsequent lines of chemotherapy could be carefully considered for palliative purposes in recurrent EOC patients with serous or endometrioid histology, initial platinum sensitivity, and long TFIs from the previous chemotherapy regimen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1229
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Research and Treatment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • Drug therapy
  • Epithelial ovarian carcinoma
  • Prognosis
  • Recurrence
  • Survival
  • Treatment response


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