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Pelvic relapses in ovarian cancer. Role of CA-125, transvaginal ultrasound and color Doppler
From January 1995 to January 2001, 40 patients with epithelial ovarian cancer were treated at our Institution. Fourteen of these, with a clinical CR after surgery and platinum-based chemotherapy, were evaluated monthly by gynecological examination, Ca-125 RIA assay, pelvic ultrasound with transabdominal and transvaginal probe and color Doppler Six pelvic relapses, from 1.5 to 3.0 cm, were detected by transvaginal ultrasound (US). They showed a rich neovascularization with low resistance, high flow, PI from 0.3 to 1.0 and RI < 0.5 in all cases. US did not reveal any sign of relapse in the remaining eight patients. In all cases of pelvic relapses ultrasonic signs of recurrence preceded the increase of Ca-125 by one to six months (average 3.8).