Sep 10, 2014

Elastography, a sensitive tool for the evaluation of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma

Oncology Letters
Meng XieWenping Wang


The aim of the present study was to evaluate tumor stiffness by ultrasound elastography, which has the potential to provide additional information that is useful in predicting the response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) in high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma (HGSC) patients. In total, 32 patients with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage III and IV epithelial ovarian cancer treated with NACT underwent transvaginal and transabdominal sonography, followed by elastography and finally, by interval cytoreductive surgery. Histopathological analysis revealed 24 (75%) HGSCs. The mean elasticity score was statistically higher for the post-NACT lesions than for the pre-NACT lesions (3.13±0.57 vs. 2.04±0.51, respectively; P<0.001). The median elasticity score for the pre-NACT lesions on the four-point scale was 2, and the score for the post-NACT lesions was 4. Cases of post-NACT with scores of 3 and 4 had a higher optimal cytoreduction rate than cases with scores of 1 and 2 (93.8 vs. 25.0%, respectively; P<0.001). When the post-NACT elasticity scores of 3 and 4 were used for the prediction of optimal cytoreduction, elastography exhibited 88.2% sensitivity, 85.7% specificity, a 93.8% positive predictive value, a ...Continue Reading

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Ovarian Diseases
Epithelial Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian Carcinoma
SLC13A5 gene
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