Reducing overtreatment in gynecologic oncology: the case for less in endometrial and ovarian cancer

TitleReducing overtreatment in gynecologic oncology: the case for less in endometrial and ovarian cancer
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsTemkin, S, Tanner, EJ, Dewdney, S, Minasian, LM
JournalFrontiers in Oncology
Volume6
Issue00118
Date Published09 May 2016
ISSN2234-943X
Keywordscancer care delivery, endometrial cancer, gynecologic cancer, ovarian cancer, overtreatment
Abstract

A growing awareness of the harms of overtreatment in cancer care has reached physicians, patients, health policy makers, and medical researchers. Overtreatment exposes patients to the risk of adverse events from procedures or medications that were not necessary. This review examines common practices in gynecologic malignancies that are unlikely to produce direct benefit to patients with these malignancies, but are likely to produce harms. Specifically, we will explore the utility of lymphadenectomy and adjuvant radiation for women with early-stage endometrial cancer; and screening for recurrence and continuous chemotherapy for advanced-stage ovarian cancer patients.

URLhttp://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/Abstract.aspx?s=1301&name=women's_cancer&ART_DOI=10.3389/fonc.2016.00118
DOI10.3389/fonc.2016.00118