There is little data regarding the optimal approach to advanced epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) with isolated extra-peritoneal disease in the cardiophrenic lymph nodes. This study assessed whether the prognosis and surgical outcomes are affected by the treatment approach among these patients.
This retrospective cohort study included patients with advanced EOC, who were treated 2012-2020. Computed tomography scans were reviewed for disease extent and the presence of enlarged supradiaphragmatic nodes (SDLN). Demographic, clinical and oncologic data were recorded. Characteristics and outcomes of patients with and without enlarged SDLN were evaluated, and outcomes of patients with enlarged SDLN who underwent upfront surgery and neoadjuvant chemotherapy were compared.
Among 71 women, 47 (66%) had enlarged supradiaphragmatic lymph nodes. Groups had similar baseline characteristics. Among 47 women who had enlarged SDLN. There was no significant difference in progression free survival among patients who had upfront cytoreduction compared to those who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Only one asymptomatic chest recurrence was observed.
Patients with enlarged SDLN have comparable outcomes with either upfront surgery or neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Moreover, the frequency of chest recurrences in patients presenting with enlarged SDLN is exceedingly low.

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