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Saturday, May 14, 2016

abstract: Review Management of malignant ascites in women with ovarian cancer



define:  intractable
adjective
1. not easily controlled or directed; not docile or manageable; stubborn; obstinate:
an intractable disposition.
2. (of things) hard to shape or work with
3.hard to treat, relieve, or cure

abstract

Malignant ascites is one of the most common sequela of epithelial ovarian cancer. It causes significant symptoms and can have a detrimental impact on patient quality of life, especially in women with recurrent ovarian cancer. The management of symptomatic ascites consists of both mechanical treatments that aim to drain the peritoneal cavity, and medical therapies that prevent and diminish the development of ascites. Mechanical options include serial paracentesis, peritoneal catheters, and peritoneovenous shunts. Pharmaceutical treatments include diuretics, angiogenesis inhibitors, and other targeted agents. There is a perception, without formal analysis, that intractable ascites is less common in the taxane era of therapy. In this review paper, we highlight current and emerging therapeutic strategies, complications and contraindications, and their effects on patient quality of life.

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