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In a special online CME presentation from UPMC, Dr. Robert Edwards provides an analysis of the pros and cons of peritoneal therapy for ovarian cancer.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the theory of why peritoneal therapy has superior efficacy.
  • Analyze the reality of why peritoneal therapy has more toxicity.
  • Identify the importance of disease characteristics and patient issues in defining whether peritoneal therapy will be successful for any one individual.

Reading References:

  • Intraperitoneal Cisplatin and Paclitaxel in Ovarian Cancer. Deborah K. Armstrong, M.D., Brian Bundy, Ph.D., Lari Wenzel, Ph.D., Helen Q. Huang, M.S., Rebecca Baergen, M.D., Shashikant Lele, M.D., Larry J. Copeland, M.D., Joan L. Walker, M.D., and Robert A. Burger, M.D. for the Gynecologic Oncology Group. N Engl J Med 2006; 354:34-43January 5, 2006
  • Targeted treatment of recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer: current and emerging therapies. Mantia-Smaldone GM, Edwards RP, Vlad AM. Cancer Manag Res. 2011;3:25-38. Epub 2010 Dec 30.
  • Combined weekly topotecan and biweekly bevacizumab in women with platinum-resistant ovarian, peritoneal, or fallopian tube cancer: Results of a Phase 2 Study. McGonigle KF, Muntz HG, Vuky J, Paley PJ, Veljovich DS, Greer BE, Goff BA, Gray HJ, Malpass TW. Cancer. 2011 Aug 15;117(16):3731-40. doi: 10.1002/cncr.25967. Epub 2011 Feb 24.


Dr. Edwards has no relevant relationships with any entities producing healthcare goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hours.

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Release Date: 9/1/2011 | Last Modified On: 11/12/2012 | Expires: 11/12/2013

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