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. 2009 Aug;33(8):1641-9.
doi: 10.1007/s00268-009-0051-1.

Superficial Soft Tissue Sarcomas of the Extremities and Trunk


Superficial Soft Tissue Sarcomas of the Extremities and Trunk

Anja Lachenmayer et al. World J Surg. .


Background: Superficial soft tissue sarcomas (sSTS) are an important and frequent subtype of soft tissue sarcoma (STS). A wider knowledge of this tumor type may lead to better strategies in tumor therapy.

Methods: An institutional review was performed on all patients with primary sSTS of the extremities and trunk operated on between 1990 and 2003.

Results: The medical records of 108 patients with sSTS were analyzed. The local recurrence rate was 11% after a median of 25 (mean 42) months. Metastases occurred in 21 patients (19%), and 79 patients lived without evidence of disease after a mean follow-up of 112 +/- 42 months. Mean survival time was 89 months at a cumulative 5-year survival rate of 85%. R0 resection significantly enhanced cumulative survival (p = .001), as did patient age < 60 years (p = .002), tumor grading G1 and G2 compared to G3 (p = .004), absence of positive lymph nodes (p = .018), and no occurrence of metastases (p = .001). Tumor size < or = 5 cm reduced the local recurrence rate significantly (p = .044). Significant multivariate risk factors for metastases were age > or = 60 years (p = .016) and tumor grade G3 (p = .021).

Conclusions: Patients with sSTS who are > or = 60 years of age or who have G3 tumors have a high risk of distant metastases. Patients with T2 tumors have an elevated risk for local recurrence. Certainly all patients with sSTS should be in a tight after-care program to allow early diagnosis of local recurrence or distant metastases. Age < 60 years, tumor grade G1/2, no positive regional lymph nodes (N0), and a R0 resection are significant prognostic factors for survival.

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