Recommendation ID
The role of systematic retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy in the surgical treatment of ovarian cancer:- A prospective randomised trial should be undertaken to evaluate the therapeutic effect, associated risks and cost effectiveness of systematic retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy in women with ovarian cancer whose disease appears to be confined to the ovaries.
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why this is important:- Systematic retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy is an untested procedure but is likely to be more accurate than lymph node sampling, with a potential benefit for the woman of avoiding chemotherapy. However, increased risks are associated with it. Although there may be no overall survival advantage of this procedure, avoidance of chemotherapy and impact on quality of life may make it attractive to some women as a treatment option. In order to counsel women appropriately it is essential to understand fully the risks associated with this surgery as well as the benefits. Researchers should be encouraged to develop a prospective randomised trial with international collaboration to answer this question in a timely manner.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Ovarian cancer: recognition and initial management
Date issued
April 2011

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No