The clinical significance of malignant pleural effusions in patients with optimally debulked ovarian carcinoma
Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
Pleural Effusion, Malignant
Although both groups underwent optimal cytoreduction in the abdomen/pelvis and were treated in a similar fashion, the median survival rate of patients with malignant pleural effusions was significantly shorter than the survival of patients without effusions. Many factors that led to or were manifested by pleural effusions, such as undetected bulky residual intrathoracic disease, may have been the cause for this survival difference. In the patients with effusions, one or more of these contributing factors may have led to the observed decreased survival rate, warranting further investigation.