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Concept: Fallopian tube cancer


The aim of this study was to determine the impact of prognostic factors in primary fallopian tube carcinoma (PFTC). All cases of PFTC diagnosed between 1990 and 2010 were retrieved from the files of 6 academic centers. The cases were staged according to a modification of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology staging system proposed by Alvarado-Cabrero et al (Gynecol Oncol 1999; 72: 367-379). One hundred twenty-seven PFTC cases were identified. The mean age of the patients was 64.2 years. Stage distribution was as follows: 72 (57%), stage I; 19 (15%), stage II; 28 (22%), stage III; and 8 (6.2%), stage IV. Depth of infiltration of the tubal wall was an independent prognostic factor in stage I cases (P < .001). Carcinomas located in the fimbriated end even without invasion had a worse prognosis than did carcinomas involving the tubal portion of the organ. The presence of vascular space invasion correlated with the depth of tubal wall invasion (P = .001) and the presence of lymph node metastases (P = .003). Tumor grade significantly correlated with survival (P < .0001), but histologic type was of marginal significance and only if it was grouped as nonserous/non-clear cell vs serous/clear cell (P = .04). The depth of invasion of the tubal wall and the presence of carcinoma in the fimbriated end even without invasion are important prognostic indicators. The modified International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology staging system should be used on a routine basis in all carcinomas of the fallopian tube.

Concepts: Gynecology, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Fallopian tube cancer, Prognosis, Lymph node, Cancer staging, Lung cancer, Cancer


Primary fallopian tube carcinoma (PFTC) is a rare tumor, and it is very difficult to diagnose preoperatively. The aims of this study were to evaluate the clinicopathologic features of primary fallopian tube carcinoma (PFTC) and to review the current available literature on PFTC.

Concepts: Cancer, Fallopian tube, The Current, Fallopian tube cancer


To identify and review cases of isolated fallopian tube torsion (FTT) at our institution to further characterize diagnosis and management.

Concepts: Fallopian tube cancer, Fallopian tube, Retrospective


The present study investigated the clinico-pathological features of fallopian tube malignancy (FTM) and elucidated the biological behavior of this disorder. Data were compiled concerning FTM from 68 patients from 7 institutes. The patients included 60 cases with fallopian tube carcinoma and 8 cases with fallopian tube carcinosarcoma. The clinical stage was stage III or higher in 72% of the cases. A complete response or partial response was achieved in 56 and 10 of the 68 patients with FTM, respectively, indicating a response rate of 97.1%. The median observation period for FTM was 41 months (3 to 126 months). Three of the 19 patients with stage I/II disease (16%) and 31 of the 49 patients with stage III/IV disease (63%) experienced recurrence, with a median progression-free survival of 17.5 months, and a 3-year overall survival of 77.2%. Regarding the site of recurrence, local intraperitoneal recurrence (26.2%) and solitary recurrences in lymph nodes (19.0%) and in the liver (16.7%) were relatively frequent. Secondary debulking surgery (SDS) was performed in 15 patients (44%) out of the 34 recurrent FTMs. Conversely, recurrence was associated with ascites (carcinomatous peritonitis) in 4 of the 34 recurrent patients, but all 4 patients died. The median survival period after recurrence was 28 months: 7.5 and 30 months with and without ascites, respectively (P<0.001). A univariate analysis showed that prognosis was significantly correlated only with whether SDS could be performed. These results suggest that since FTM frequently results in solitary recurrence, aggressive recurrence treatment including SDS could improve prognosis.

Concepts: Lymph, Univariate, Lymph node, Recurrence relation, Fallopian tube, Cancer staging, Fallopian tube cancer, Cancer


The epithelial lining of the fallopian tube is of critical importance for human reproduction and has been implicated as a site of origin of high-grade serous ovarian cancer. Here we report on the establishment of long-term, stable 3D organoid cultures from human fallopian tubes, indicative of the presence of adult stem cells. We show that single epithelial stem cells in vitro can give rise to differentiated organoids containing ciliated and secretory cells. Continuous growth and differentiation of organoids depend on both Wnt and Notch paracrine signalling. Microarray analysis reveals that inhibition of Notch signalling causes downregulation of stem cell-associated genes in parallel with decreased proliferation and increased numbers of ciliated cells and that organoids also respond to oestradiol and progesterone treatment in a physiological manner. Thus, our organoid model provides a much-needed basis for future investigations of signalling routes involved in health and disease of the fallopian tube.

Concepts: Fallopian tube cancer, Cell, Disease, Fallopian tube, Menstrual cycle, Stem cell, Cellular differentiation, Adult stem cell


Mirvetuximab soravtansine, an antibody-drug conjugate that binds with high affinity to folate receptor-α to provide tumor-directed delivery of the potent microtubule-disrupting agent DM4, has emerged as a promising investigational agent for the treatment of ovarian cancer, particularly in the setting of platinum-resistant disease. Here we describe the rationale and design of FORWARD I (NCT02631876), the first randomized, multicenter Phase III study to compare the safety and efficacy of mirvetuximab soravtansine versus investigator’s choice of chemotherapy in women with folate receptor-α-positive, platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer. Patients will be randomized in a 2:1 ratio. The primary end point is progression-free survival, and key secondary objectives include comparison of overall response rates, overall survival and duration of response.

Concepts: Vitamin D, Chemotherapy, Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, BRCA2, Cancer, Fallopian tube cancer, Metastasis, Fallopian tube


The primary analysis of the JGOG 3016 trial showed that a dose-dense paclitaxel and carboplatin regimen significantly improves progression-free and overall survival compared with the conventional regimen as first-line chemotherapy for patients with epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer. We report the long-term follow-up results for survival.

Concepts: Uterus, Fallopian tube cancer, Chemotherapy regimens, Cancer, Fallopian tube, Metastasis, Lung cancer, Chemotherapy


The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic assessment to determine the likelihood of achieving optimal cytoreduction (OC) in patients undergoing primary debulking surgery (PDS) for ovarian cancer.

Concepts: Fallopian tube cancer, Ovarian cancer, Surgery, Fallopian tube, Vitamin D, Metastasis, Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, BRCA2


To report the preoperative ultrasound (US) signs of isolated fallopian tube torsion in surgically verified cases and to estimate whether preoperative US detection of this condition can be improved.

Concepts: Serial killer, Fallopian tube cancer, Fallopian tube


Epigenetic changes are implicated in acquired resistance to platinum. Guadecitabine is a next-generation hypomethylating agent (HMA). Here we report the clinical results, along with pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic analyses of the phase 1 study of guadecitabine and carboplatin (G+C) in patients with recurrent, platinum resistant high-grade serous ovarian cancer (OC), primary peritoneal carcinoma (PPC), or fallopian tube cancer (FTC).

Concepts: Metastasis, Adenocarcinoma, Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, The Canon of Medicine, BRCA2, Lung cancer, Fallopian tube cancer, Fallopian tube