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Prognostic factors and clinical hallmarks of low grade serous ovarian carcinoma: a single center study

  • Mohammad Zuhdy1
  • Mohamed Abdelkhalek1
  • Khaled Gaballa1
  • Mohamed Hamdy1
  • Basel Refky1,*,

1Surgical oncology department, Oncology Centre Mansoura University (OCMU), 35516 Mansoura, Egypt

DOI: 10.22514/ejgo.2023.104 Vol.44,Issue 6,December 2023 pp.98-104

Submitted: 06 April 2023 Accepted: 16 May 2023

Published: 15 December 2023

*Corresponding Author(s): Basel Refky E-mail:


Ovarian cancer is the most fatal gynecologic malignancy. Low-grade type represents only 2–5% of all ovarian cancer pathological types. Its clinical characteristics, growth pattern, and response to treatment are distinct from high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma. In this study, we retrospectively evaluated the clinical features, prognostic factors, and survival of patients diagnosed with low-grade serous ovarian cancer from a tertiary cancer centre. This is a retrospective study where all patients diagnosed with low-grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSOC) who presented to a tertiary cancer centre from July 2015 to August 2021 were included. Forty-two patients with low-grade ovarian serous carcinoma were enrolled. The mean age of the patients was 50.17 ± 10.91 years, while the mean Body Mass Index (BMI) was 32.96 ± 6.02 kg/m2. Primary optimal debulking was performed in 18 patients, while interval cytoreduction was done in 17 patients. Suboptimal debulking was performed in 5 patients. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy was administered in 19 patients (45.2%). The median overall survival of LGSOC patients was 95.58 (73.37–117.79) months while the median Progression free survival (PFS) was 56.54 (38.15–74.94) months. Primary cytoreductive surgery is still the cornerstone of the management of LGSOC patients. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy could be a predictor of worse progression-free survival in LGSOC patients presented with advanced disease stage.


Ovarian cancer; Low grade serous; Serous ovarian cancer; Cytoreductive surgery; Interval debulking; Neoadjuvant chemotherapy

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Mohammad Zuhdy,Mohamed Abdelkhalek,Khaled Gaballa,Mohamed Hamdy,Basel Refky. Prognostic factors and clinical hallmarks of low grade serous ovarian carcinoma: a single center study. European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology. 2023. 44(6);98-104.


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