Ovarian cancer recurrence update
Editorial on Ovarian Cancer Recurrence

Ovarian cancer recurrence update

Ovarian cancer is one of the leading causes of death from gynecologic origin (1,2). The diagnosis is often obtained at advanced stage disease and even if an optimal debulking is achieved almost 2/3 of patients develop a recurrence (3).

The ovarian cancer recurrence often represents a treatment challenge (4,5). Depending on site of recurrence, patients’ clinical conditions and time of relapse, the treatment options are different both medical and surgical. The medical and technological innovations allowed new strategies with the aim to offer better options for the treatment of these patients (6,7).

The present focused issue is aimed to give an overview of the last’s novelties about ovarian cancer recurrence treatment. Some specific debated points and some novelties in this specific field have been addressed by experienced authors.

The issue opens with the first part dedicated to the early detection of recurrent ovarian cancer with the article by Vascone et al. entitled “Role of ultrasound in early detection of recurrent ovarian cancer: a review of the literature”. The second article of the section is “Role of biomarkers for early detection of ovarian cancer recurrence” by Giampaolino et al. The second part of the issue is dedicated to surgical and medical treatment and start with the article entitled “Surgery vs. chemotherapy for ovarian cancer recurrence: what is the best treatment option?” by Capozzi et al. following the article “Secondary and tertiary ovarian cancer recurrence: what is the best management?” by Laganà et al. and the last article of this section entitled “Laparotomy vs minimally invasive surgery for ovarian cancer recurrence” by Uccella et al. The third and last part of the issue is dedicated to the novelties and innovation available for ovarian cancer recurrence treatment and start with the article entitled “Loco regional treatment for ovarian cancer recurrence” by Cianci et al. and the article entitled “Development of new medical treatment for ovarian cancer recurrence” by Vizza et al.

I would like to thank all authors for these fine and up-to-date articles.


Funding: None.


Provenance and Peer Review: This article was commissioned by the editorial office, Gland Surgery for the series “Ovarian Cancer Recurrence”. The article did not undergo external peer review.

Conflicts of Interest: The author has completed the ICMJE uniform disclosure form (available at http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/gs-2020-ocr-08). The series “Ovarian Cancer Recurrence” was commissioned by the editorial office without any funding or sponsorship. SC serves as an unpaid editorial board member of Gland Surgery from Aug 2019 to Jul 2021 and served as the unpaid Guest Editor of the series. The author has no other conflicts of interest to declare.

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Stefano Cianci

Stefano Cianci, MD, PhD

Department of Woman, Child and General and Specialized Surgery, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Largo Madonna delle Grazie, Naples, Italy.
(Email: stefano.cianci@unicampania.it)

Submitted Jul 06, 2020. Accepted for publication Jul 16, 2020.

doi: 10.21037/gs-2020-ocr-08

Cite this article as: Cianci S. Ovarian cancer recurrence update. Gland Surg 2020;9(4):1090-1091. doi: 10.21037/gs-2020-ocr-08