Indicators – ESGO Gynae-Oncology Guidelines

Quality Indicators: Advanced Ovarian Cancer Surgery


Chaired by Prof. Denis Querleu (France), this project was aimed at developing clinically relevant and evidence-based criteria for the quality assessment of ovarian cancer surgery throughout Europe.

The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of surgery for advanced ovarian cancer and to build a network of European institutions, which meet the standards of proper ovarian cancer surgery and can then be awarded an ESGO recognition for ovarian cancer surgery.


Quality indicators for advanced ovarian cancer surgery were developed using a four-step evaluation process inspired by published development processes and earlier initiatives, identified from a systematic literature search carried out in MEDLINE and selected websites.

This process development included the nomination of an international Development Group (23 experts), identification of potential quality indicators in the literature, literature search for scientific evidence, evaluation of the potential quality indicators, synthesis of scientific evidence, external evaluation of the retained quality indicators (by 84 independent physicians and 8 ovarian cancer patients).


ESGO Quality Assurance and Guidelines for Ovarian Cancer Surgery: International Experts Panel & External Reviewers

The European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) and its Guidelines, Recommendations and the Quality Assurance Committee would like to express their sincere gratitude to the international experts panel, who devoted their time and effort to the ESGO Quality Assurance in Ovarian Cancer Surgery project.


Name Specialty Affiliation
Denis Querleu Surgeon (chair) Institut Bergonié, Bordeaux(France)
François Planchamp Methodologist (co-chair) Institut Bergonié, Bordeaux (France)
Giovanni Aletti Gynaecologic Oncologist European Institute of Oncology, Milan (Italy)
Desmond Barton Gynaecologic Oncologist Royal Mardsen Hospital, London (United Kingdom)
Silvestro Carinelli Pathologist European Institute of Oncology, Milan (Italy)
Luis Chiva Gynaecologic Oncologist Anderson Cancer Center, Madrid (Spain)
David Cibula Gynaecologic Oncologist Charles University Hospital, Prague (Czech Republic)
Carien Creutzberg Radiation Oncologist Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden (Netherlands)
Ben Davidson Pathologist Norwegian Radium Hospital, Olso (Norway)
Andreas du Bois Gynaecologic Oncologist Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Essen (Germany)
Christina Fotopoulou Gynaecologic Oncologist Imperial College London, London (United Kingdom)
Philip Harter Gynaecologic Oncologist Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Essen (Germany)
Eric Leblanc Surgeon Centre Oscar Lambret, Lille (France)
Lene Lundvall Gynaecologic Oncologist Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Christian Marth Gynaecologic Oncologist Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck (Austria)
Philippe Morice Surgeon Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France)
Sébastien Pierre Anesthesiologist Institut Universitaire du Cancer de Toulouse, Toulouse (France)
Arash Rafii Gynaecologist Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Doha (Qatar)
Isabelle Ray-Coquard Medical Oncologist Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon (France)
Andrea Rockall Radiologist Imperial College London, London (United Kingdom)
Christiana Sessa Medical Oncologist Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland, Bellinzona (Swizerland)
Ate van der Zee Gynaecologic Oncologist University Medical Center, Groningen (Netherlands)
Ignace Vergote Gynaecologic Oncologist University Hospitals, Leuven (Belgium)


External reviewers

26 Countries - 84 Professionals - 8 Patients

ESGO would like thank external reviewers, physicians in diverse fields and patients, who have taken the time to provide their feedback on the documents elaborated in the framework of the ESGO Quality Assurance in Ovarian Cancer Surgery project and ESGO Guidelines for Ovarian Cancer Surgery.

-> Click here to view the list of external reviewers

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