Factors Predictive of Improved Survival in Patients with Brain Metastases from Gynecologic Cancer: A Single Institution Retrospective Study of 47 Cases and Review of the Literature

Gregory M. Gressel, Lisbet S. Lundsberg, Gary Altwerger, Tasleem Katchi, Masoud Azodi, Peter E. Schwartz, Elena S. Ratner

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Abstract

Objective The reported incidence of brain metastasis from epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC), endometrial cancer (EC), and cervical cancer (CC) is exceedingly rare. As the long-term survival for patients with gynecologic cancer increases, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of diagnosed intracranial metastases. We seek to report our experience with managing brain metastatic disease (BMD) in patients with gynecologic cancer. Methods A retrospective review of all patients with EOC, EC, and CC at our institution revealed 47 patients with concurrent BMD between 2000 and 2013. Demographic data, risk factors, treatment modalities, progression-free data, and overall survival data were collected. Results Median survival time in patients with brain metastasis from EOC, EC, and CC was 9.0, 4.5, and 3.0 months, respectively. Two-year overall survival rates were 31.6%, 13.6%, and 0%, respectively. Patients received surgery, radiation therapy alone, palliative care, or radiation plus surgery. Radiation combined with surgical resection resulted in a significant hazards ratio of 0.36 (95% confidence interval, 0.15-0.86), compared with radiation alone. Conclusions Our report provides a large single-institution experience of brain metastases from gynecologic cancer. Patients with BMD have poor prognoses; however, treatment with multimodal therapy including surgical resection and radiation may prolong overall survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1711-1716
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Volume25
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Brain metastasis
  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology

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