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BACKGROUND Olaparib (AZD2281) is an oral poly(adenosine diphosphate [ADP]-ribose) polymerase inhibitor that has shown antitumor activity in patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer with or without BRCA1 or BRCA2 germline mutations. METHODS We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2 study to evaluate maintenance treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Maintenance monotherapy with the PARP inhibitor olaparib significantly prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) versus placebo in patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent serous ovarian cancer. We aimed to explore the hypothesis that olaparib is most likely to benefit patients with a BRCA mutation. METHODS We present data from the second(More)
BACKGROUND Despite considerable improvement in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer, the optimization of efficacy and tolerability remains an important issue. Therefore, we performed a randomized, phase III non-inferiority trial comparing paclitaxel plus cisplatin (PT) with paclitaxel plus carboplatin (TC) in patients with advanced ovarian cancer. (More)
BACKGROUND Despite recent progress in the treatment of ovarian cancer, the majority of patients eventually relapse. There is little information on the effectiveness of chemotherapy in higher treatment lines. PATIENTS AND METHODS Characterization of the second to sixth line therapy and its effects on survival was carried out, based on data of n = 1620(More)
BACKGROUND Borderline ovarian tumours (BOTs) are recognised as a unique entity of ovarian tumours that do not exert infiltrative destructive growth or stromal invasion. Prognosis of BOT is much better compared to the more common invasive epithelial ovarian cancer. Information regarding prognostic factors is inconclusive and no prospective studies exist that(More)
PURPOSE Despite the progress that has been achieved, long-term survival rates in patients with advanced ovarian cancer are still disappointing. One attempt to improve results could be the addition of non-cross-resistant drugs to platinum-paclitaxel combination regimens. Anthracyclines were among the candidates for incorporation as a third drug into(More)
BACKGROUND Women with node-positive vulvar cancer have a high risk for disease recurrence. Indication criteria for adjuvant radiotherapy are controversial. This study was designed to further understand the role of adjuvant therapy in node-positive disease. METHODS Patients with primary squamous-cell vulvar cancer treated at 29 gynecologic cancer centers(More)
BACKGROUND Tamoxifen and gefitinib (IRESSA) combination therapy was studied in patients with ovarian cancer refractory or resistant to platinum- and taxane-based therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS In this phase II study, 56 patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma or cancer of the fallopian tube or peritoneum received oral tamoxifen 40 mg/day and gefitinib(More)