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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 541842, 12 pages
Review Article

Diagnosis and Management of Peritoneal Metastases from Ovarian Cancer

1Department of Gynecology, Metaxa Cancer Memorial Hospital, 18537 Piraeus, Greece
21st Department of Surgical Oncology, Metaxa Cancer Memorial Hospital, 18537 Piraeus, Greece
3Washington Cancer Institute, Program in Peritoneal Surface Malignancy, Washington, DC 20010, USA

Received 29 March 2012; Accepted 12 May 2012

Academic Editor: Yan Li

Copyright © 2012 Evgenia Halkia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The management and the outcome of peritoneal metastases or recurrence from epithelial ovarian cancer are presented. The biology and the diagnostic tools of EOC peritoneal metastasis with a comprehensive approach and the most recent literatures data are discussed. The definition and the role of surgery and chemotherapy are presented in order to focuse on the controversial points. Finally, the paper discusses the new data about the introduction of cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) in the treatment of advanced epithelial ovarian cancer.