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Surgical treatment of an isolated omental cervical cancer recurrence: report of a case and review of the literature

Abstract

Aims and background. Recurrent cervical cancer has traditionally been associated with a dismal prognosis. Historically, patients who developed distant metastases from cervical cancer were not considered eligible for surgical resection; only palliative treatment options are available, generally consisting of chemo- and/or radiotherapy. Metastases usually appear in the liver, lung or lymph nodes. The abdominal cavity is a quite unusual site of recurrence and the disease usually has multiple foci. For this reason, peritoneal involvement by cervical cancer is considered a contraindication to local treatment.
Methods and study design. We report the first case of a 30-year-old woman with isolated intra-abdominal cervical cancer recurrence diagnosed with 18F-FDG PET/CT, successfully surgically treated.
Results. Histopathological analysis confirmed the tumor to be an omental relapse of squamous cervical cancer previously treated with anterior pelvic exenteration and platinum based chemotherapy. The patient underwent adjuvant treatment with 3 cycles of topotecan and has remained free of disease during the 4 years of follow-up.
Conclusions. In selected cases with isolated recurrences, a surgical resection may provide a long term complete remission in recurrent cervical cancer patients.

Tumori 2014; 100(2): e52 - e54

Article Type: CASE REPORT

DOI:10.1700/1491.16437

Authors

Maria Luisa Gasparri, Filippo Bellati, Milena Pernice, Violante Di Donato, Giuseppina Morano, Claudia Marchetti, Cristina Donfrancesco, Morena Antonilli, Pierluigi Benedetti Panici

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Authors

  • Gasparri, Maria Luisa [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Bellati, Filippo [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Pernice, Milena [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Di Donato, Violante [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Morano, Giuseppina [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Marchetti, Claudia [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Donfrancesco, Cristina [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Antonilli, Morena [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Panici, Pierluigi Benedetti [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

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