Intraperitoneal Cisplatin and Carboplatin in the Management of Ovarian Cancer

  • Maurie Markman


In the early 1980’s, investigators at a number of institutions began to explore the intraperitoneal administration of cisplatin as therapy of ovarian cancer. Several factors provide strong support for these initial and subsequent clinical trials, including:
  1. 1.

    Ovarian cancer is a malignancy which tends to remain localized to the peritoneal cavity for most of its natural history (1,2).

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    Pharmacokinetic modeling studies have suggested that following intraperitoneal drug delivery it is possible to expose tumor within the cavity to significantly higher drug concentrations than possible following systemic administration (3).

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    Cisplatin is the single most active antineoplastic agent in the management of ovarian cancer (4).

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    Experimental data and retrospective evaluation of clinical trials have suggested that there is a relatively steep dose response curve for cisplatin against ovarian cancer (5,6). In addition, pre-clinical evaluation has demonstrated that resistance to cisplatin is often only “relative” with 2–4 fold increases in drug concentrations being capable of overcoming resistance in in vitro systems (7,8).

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    Unfortunately, the dose of cisplatin which can be administered systemically is limited by both the nephrotoxic and, most importantly, neurotoxic effects of the agent (9). Phase 1 trials of intraperitoneal cisplatin in ovarian cancer



Ovarian Cancer Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Advanced Ovarian Cancer Intraperitoneal Route Refractory Ovarian Cancer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurie Markman
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  1. 1.Department of MedicineMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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