Information for the public
What has NICE said?
There is not much good evidence about how well this procedure works or how safe it is. It should not be used unless extra care is taken to explain the risks and extra steps are put in place to record and review what happens to women who have this procedure.
Healthcare professionals doing this procedure should publish what happens to all women having this procedure.
More research on ultra-radical surgery for advanced ovarian cancer is needed.
What does this mean for me?
Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. In particular, they should explain the uncertainty about the evidence on how likely it is to improve your symptoms and possible side effects. Your health professional should tell you about other treatment options and how their benefits and risks compare with ultra-radical surgery. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. You should only be asked if you want to agree to this procedure after having this discussion.
Your health professional may ask you if details of your procedure can be collected.
Other comments from NICE
NICE said that removing all visible cancerous tissue gives the best chance of improving survival. But this is a risky procedure, which could make women more ill, so the possible survival benefits need to be weighed up against the risks to quality of life.