Ovarian cancer is the seventh-most common cancer in women worldwide and has poor survival rates largely attributed to late-stage presentation. Women who have a suspicious ovarian mass without obvious disease outside of the ovary usually require surgery for diagnosis and staging. A new Cochrane Review provides crucial evidence on the accuracy of frozen section analysis, a rapid diagnostic test that can inform management decisions of suspicious ovarian mass during surgery.
Jo Morrison is a Co-ordinating Editor of Cochrane Gynaecological, Neuro-Oncology and Orphan Cancers and Toby Lasserson is a Senior Editor in the Cochrane Editorial Unit. In a new Cochrane Library editorial, they share their opinions on how they think this important review can guide clinical decision making.