Ovarian cancer is the second the most common gynaecological malignancy in developed countries. 70% of patients relapse in the first 3 years following debulking surgery and first-line chemotherapy. Niraparib is a poly adenosine diphosphate ribose polymerase inhibitor which uses the concept of synthetic lethality in the presence of a mutation in the breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA), and is now recommended as maintenance treatment in patients with platinum-sensitive relapse of ovarian cancer. It has been shown to increase progression-free survival. We present a case of a 68-year-old woman with brain metastases from high-grade serous ovarian cancer who has remained free of disease progression for longer than 17 months with niraparib use as maintenance treatment after second-line chemotherapy.
- gynecological cancer
- malignant disease and immunosuppression
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Contributors SG: critically revised work for important intellectual content including bulk of discussion, wrote multiple subsequent drafts. XYK: clinically involved in caring for the patient; wrote first draft. DY: responsible clinician for patient; guided desirable inclusions and involved in redrafting process with suggestions which shaped the content of the piece.
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