Ritu Salani

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Publications (21)65.94 Total impact

  • Gynecologic Oncology 06/2014; 133:67-68. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A relatively rare occurrence, pregnancy-associated cancer affects ∼1 in 1,000 pregnancies. Optimizing treatment of the cancer and minimizing harm to the fetus are often dependent on the extent of disease, treatment options required and impact on the pregnancy, as well as the gestational age of pregnancy. When malignancy is diagnosed, the obstetrician/gynecologist plays a key role in the diagnosis, initial evaluation, and coordination of patient care. Furthermore, the obstetrician/gynecologist may be asked to assist in fertility planning for young women with a new diagnosis of cancer and may be responsible for addressing questions about family planning needs and the safety of future pregnancy. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to provide the obstetrician/gynecologist with a relevant overview of the current literature regarding concurrent pregnancy and cancer diagnoses, management options, including maternal and neonatal outcomes as well as the future needs of young women diagnosed with cancer who desire fertility preservation.
    American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 12/2013; · 3.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lymphedema remains a poorly understood entity that can occur after lymphadenectomy. Herein, we will review the pathogenesis of lymphedema, diagnostic modalities and the natural history of extremity involvement. We will review the incidence of upper extremity lymphedema in patients treated for breast malignancies and lower extremity lymphedema in those treated for gynecologic malignancy. Finally, we will review traditional treatment modalities for lymphedema, as well as introduce new surgical treatment modalities that are under active investigation.
    World Journal of Surgical Oncology 09/2013; 11(1):237. · 1.20 Impact Factor
  • Gynecologic Oncology 07/2013; 130(1):e4. · 3.69 Impact Factor
  • Gynecologic Oncology 07/2013; 130(1):e78. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: There are over one million survivors from gynecologic malignancies currently living in the United States and this population is expected to increase by 33% over the next decade. Identifying the needs of these cancer survivors is often understudied and overlooked. METHODS: A literature review using MEDLINE was searched for research articles published in English from 1967 to 2013 focusing on survivorship care in women with gynecologic malignancies. RESULTS: For women with gynecologic malignancies, the survivorship period requires management of several aspects of care. Improved coordination of care between providers that may be addressed with the use of survivorship care plans and should include surveillance recommendations. Providers should conduct a focused evaluation of late and long-term effects of cancer that may continue to effect patients during and after treatment. Opportunities to improve lifestyle behaviors and continue general health maintenance should also be maximized. CONCLUSIONS: The survivorship period incorporates the following: prevention of new cancer diagnoses, surveillance for recurrence, assessment and management of side effects from cancer and cancer treatment, and the coordination of care between patients and healthcare providers. Focusing on these components may improve quality of life as it allows for a seamless transition for cancer survivors and their caregivers.
    Gynecologic Oncology 05/2013; · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate peri-operative and survival outcomes of ovarian cancer patients undergoing percutaneous upper gastrointestinal decompression for malignant bowel obstruction (MBO). METHODS: Retrospective chart review was used to identify patients with ovarian, peritoneal, or fallopian tube cancer who underwent palliative decompressive treatment for MBO from 1/2002-12/2010. Kaplan-Meier methods were used to estimate the median survival (MS) and multivariate analysis used to determine if any variables were associated with the hazard of death. RESULTS: Fifty-three patients met inclusion criteria. Median length of diagnosis prior to intervention was 21 months. Fifteen (28.3%) patients experienced complications and 9 required revision. Forty-nine (92.5%) experienced relief of symptoms after placement, and 91% tolerated some form of oral intake. Following placement, 19 (36%) patients received additional chemotherapy and 21(41%) patients received total parental nutrition (TPN). Thirty-five patients were discharged home/outpatient facility, 16 to hospice care, and 2 died prior to discharge. MS for all patients was 46 days. Patients who received chemotherapy had a MS of 169 days compared to 33 days (p<0.001). We failed to find an association between survival and TPN or performance status. CONCLUSIONS: Malignant bowel obstruction is a common complication of ovarian cancer. Management is palliative; risks and benefits of any therapy must be considered. Percutaneous decompressive therapy provides relief from associated symptoms, and allows patients to be discharged home. Median survival in this group is limited, and decisions regarding aggressive therapy should be individualized.
    Gynecologic Oncology 01/2013; · 3.69 Impact Factor
  • Gynecologic Oncology 10/2012; 127(1 Suppl):S24. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To describe the effects of intracavitary brachytherapy (IVB) on sexual function and quality of life of women with early-stage endometrial cancer. Women with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage I to stage II endometrial cancer treated surgically with or without IVB were identified and mailed questionnaires. Quality of life and sexual function were measured using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30 and the cervical cancer disease-specific module. Pertinent data from prior surgery and radiation treatments were abstracted retrospectively. Linear transformation of the survey subscale scores was conducted per European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer guidelines. Sixteen women in the IVB arm and 53 in the surgery-alone group completed the survey. Of the sexually active patients, 33% of the IVB patients and 42% of the surgery-alone patients felt their vagina was dry during sexual activity (P = 0.804) and 17% versus 20% felt their vagina was short (P = 0.884). Seventeen percent of patients in the IVB group felt their vagina was tight compared to 29% in the surgery-alone group (P = 0.891) and 0% versus 14% of patients reported pain during intercourse (P = 0.808). There was no statistically significant difference in sexual/vaginal functioning, sexual worry, or sexual enjoyment between the 2 groups. Although both groups report vaginal changes that may affect sexual function, the patients treated with IVB reported similar outcomes on a sexual function questionnaire compared to patients treated with surgery alone.
    International Journal of Gynecological Cancer 03/2012; 22(4):703-8. · 1.94 Impact Factor
  • Gynecologic Oncology 03/2012; 125:S65. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and acute dose-limiting toxicities (DLT) of intravenous topotecan administered with weekly cisplatin during pelvic radiation therapy in patients with locally advanced cervical cancer. Patients were treated at one of two dose levels receiving intravenous topotecan at 0.5mg/m(2) and cisplatin at either 30 or 40 mg/m(2) given weekly for 6 weeks concurrently with pelvic radiation and intracavitary brachytherapy. The primary endpoint for the escalation study was acute dose-limiting toxicities occurring within 30 days of completing radiation therapy. Eleven patients were enrolled. Dose-limiting toxicity consisting of Grade 3 nausea and vomiting lasting >24h in one patient and grade 3 febrile neutropenia in another patient occurred at the first dose level of weekly topotecan 0.5mg/m(2) and cisplatin 40 mg/m(2). This necessitated de-escalation to weekly cisplatin 30 mg/m(2) in combination with topotecan 0.5mg/m(2) and pelvic radiation. This dose level was tolerable in 6 evaluable patients with only one DLT consisting of grade 4 thrombocytopenia, grade 3 abdominal pain and grade 3 elevated gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT). In women with locally advanced cervical cancer, intravenous topotecan 0.5mg/m(2) and cisplatin 30 mg/m(2) given weekly for 6 weeks with concurrent pelvic radiation and intracavitary brachytherapy were tolerable. Further expansion of the feasibility cohort of this study was suspended based on the results of a phase 3 trial comparing the efficacy of platinum combinations in advanced and recurrent cervical cancer.
    Gynecologic Oncology 12/2011; 125(1):158-62. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hematologic, gastrointestinal, and neurologic complications are common side effects of the platinum and taxane-based chemotherapy used in the primary treatment of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). These side effects and the impact of the resultant chemotherapy dose modification on disease free interval have not been extensively studied. The goal of this study was to determine the effect of chemotherapy delays and dose reductions on progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). A review of patients with primary epithelial ovarian, peritoneal, and fallopian tube carcinoma treated between 1/2000 and 12/2007 was performed. Inclusion criteria were advanced stage disease and first line chemotherapy with a platinum and taxane regimen. Cox proportional hazard models were used to determine the effect of chemotherapy reductions and delays on PFS and OS. One hundred and fifty seven patients met the inclusion criteria. Patients were divided into four groups: no delays or reductions (48%), delay only (27%), reduction only (8%), and both delay and reduction (18%). The mean number of delays/reductions per patient was 1.1 (range=0-5) and therapy was delayed a mean of 8 days. The most common reasons for delays/reductions were neutropenia (n=51), thrombocytopenia (n=45), and neuropathy (n=18). There were no differences detected in PFS or OS between groups. There were no differences detected in survival between patients who required dose adjustments and treatment delays and those who did not. The lack of association between survival and chemotherapy alterations suggests that in specific circumstances patients with advanced ovarian cancer should have individualized treatment plans.
    Gynecologic Oncology 11/2011; 124(2):221-4. · 3.69 Impact Factor
  • Gynecologic Oncology 03/2011; 120. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The doublet gemcitabine and carboplatin is effective for the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer, while multi-agent chemotherapy with bevacizumab may add additional benefit. This phase II study tested the efficacy and safety of a biweekly gemcitabine, carboplatin and bevacizumab combination in patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian, peritoneal or tubal cancer (ROC). Patients and Methods Eligible patients received concurrent gemcitabine 1000mg/m(2), carboplatin area under the curve 3, and bevacizumab 10mg/kg administered intravenously on days 1 and 15 every 28days for six cycles or up to 24cycles if clinical benefit occurred. The primary endpoints were progression-free survival (PFS) by RECIST, and safety; secondary endpoints were objective response rates and overall survival.
    Gynecologic Oncology 03/2011; 120. · 3.69 Impact Factor
  • Gynecologic Oncology 03/2011; 120. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In GOG 184, the addition of paclitaxel to cisplatin and doxorubicin offered no additional clinical benefit, yet was associated with increased provider-rated toxicity. We now compare patient-reported neuropathy between treatment arms and patient reports to the clinician reports of neuropathy. Of 659 enrolled patients, 552 were randomly assigned to receive either cisplatin 50 mg/m² + doxorubicin 45 mg/m²+G-CSF 5 μg/kg on days 2-11 ("CD"), or the above regimen plus paclitaxel 160 mg/m² infused over 3h ("CDP"). Patient-reported neuropathy was measured with 11-item Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Neurotoxicity (FACT-Ntx) Scale, at baseline, and 4 weeks and 6 months post chemotherapy. Group differences on patient-reported neuropathy over time, and correspondence between patient and provider ratings, were evaluated by fitting linear mixed models to the data. After adjusting for non-significant baseline differences in neuropathy, the average neuropathy (FACT-Ntx) score of CDP-treated patients was 5.2 points lower/worse (95% CI: 4.0-6.5; p < 0.001) than the average score observed in CD-treated patients. The difference diminished after 6 months but still remained statistically significant (difference = 1.6; 95% CI: 0.3-2.8; p = 0.014). The sensory component was most significantly affected. Each increase (worsening) of grade in provider-rated toxicity was significantly associated with change in patient-reported severity of 4-6 points in the 11-item total score and 2-3 points in the 4-item sensory neuropathy score. Patient-reported neuropathy was worse in CDP-treated patients compared to CD-treated patients, especially in the sensory component. Patient-reported change corresponded with provider grade, but offered more detail on the nature of impact.
    Gynecologic Oncology 12/2010; 119(3):538-42. · 3.69 Impact Factor
  • Fuel and Energy Abstracts 11/2010; 78(3).
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    ABSTRACT: We sought to determine if patient age influenced chemotherapy completion rate, complication rate, or progression free survival (PFS) among patients who received intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy for epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancers. Charts for patients receiving IP chemotherapy between January 2006 and September 2009 were reviewed at three institutions. Primary outcomes included completion rate of planned IP chemotherapy, complication rate, and PFS. Completion rates were categorized as 0-49%, 50-99%, or 100% of planned treatments were delivered. The tolerability of IP versus intravenous (IV) chemotherapy was also compared among patients ≥ 70 years. One hundred nine patients receiving IP chemotherapy were identified, 86 were < 70 years and 23 were ≥ 70 years. All patients received IP cisplatin and paclitaxel in combination with IV paclitaxel or docetaxel. Patients ≥ 70 years old were less likely to complete all planned cycles of IP chemotherapy than the younger cohort (OR = 0.33, 95% CI 0.13-0.83, p = 0.01), but there was no significant association between age and complication rate or PFS (p = 0.82 and p = 0.68, respectively). Optimally debulked patients ≥ 70 years receiving IV chemotherapy completed more cycles than patients ≥ 70 receiving IP chemotherapy (p < 0.01). Although elderly patients appear to tolerate fewer cycles of IP chemotherapy, they do not have higher objective complication rates or impaired PFS compared to younger patients. Age alone should not limit access to IP chemotherapy.
    Gynecologic Oncology 09/2010; 119(3):491-5. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine efficacy, toxicity, and survival in patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) receiving combination of weekly paclitaxel and biweekly bevacizumab (PB). We reviewed chemotherapy logs identifying all patients receiving combination PB. Toxicities were graded using CTCAEv3.0 criteria. Response rates (RR) were measured using RECIST criteria or by CA-125 levels per modified Rustin criteria. RR and progression-free survival (PFS) were determined and plotted using Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. Fifty-one patients receiving at least two cycles of chemotherapy were evaluable for survival and 55 patients receiving one cycle of PB were evaluable in toxicity analysis. The mean number of previous regimens was four. The overall median PFS was 7 months and median OS was 12 months. The overall response rate (ORR) was 60% (CR 25% and PR 35%). Median PFS for complete and partial responders were 14 and 5 months respectively. Stable disease was seen in 26% with median PFS of 6 months. Thirteen experienced treatment delays for a variety of factors. The most G3/4 toxicities were fatigue (16%), hematologic (9%) and neurotoxicity (7%). Three patients (5%) experienced bowel perforations. Combination of paclitaxel and bevacizumab is feasible and demonstrates an acceptable toxicity profile and a high response rate. These observations should be useful in planning future clinical trials with this combination therapy.
    Gynecologic Oncology 10/2009; 115(3):396-400. · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Granulosa cell tumors (GCT) of the ovary account for 2% to 5% of all ovarian tumors and typically demonstrate an indolent clinical course. For a young woman with stage IA disease who wishes to preserve fertility, conservative surgery with laparoscopic techniques can be a safe and effective method. Three patients with clinical presumptive stage IA GCT of the ovary were initially treated with conservative laparoscopic surgery with intraoperative rupture of the tumor. On repeat surgical exploration, all 3 patients were found to have peritoneal disease. Postoperative chemotherapy was required. Several important aspects of laparoscopic management of adnexal masses are highlighted by these 3 case reports. A thorough knowledge about GCT is important. Complete and clean removal of an unknown adnexal mass is imperative.
    Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 07/2008; 15(4):511-3. · 1.58 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

122 Citations
65.94 Total Impact Points


  • 2010–2013
    • The Ohio State University
      • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Columbus, Ohio, United States
  • 2008
    • Johns Hopkins Medicine
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States