Researchers at the University of California Davis Cancer Center and California Cancer Registry have said that almost 25% of women with early-stage ovarian cancer do not get the recommended biopsies necessary to assess if the cancer has spread to other organs.
The researchers analyzed data on 721 presumed early-stage ovarian cancer patients in New York and California before arriving at this conclusion. They said that just 72% of women had pelvic and abdominal lymph node biopsies to check if the cancer had spread.
Another significant finding was that gynecologic oncologists were more likely to perform lymph node biopsies than other surgical specialists. "It's not clear why some surgeons do not remove lymph nodes during surgery for early-stage ovarian cancer," said a released statement by senior author Dr. Gary Leiserowitz, chief of gynecologic oncology at the UC Davis Cancer Center.
The study, which was released online, is due to appear in the April print issue of the journal Gynecological Oncology.