A multi-institutional cohort study of adjuvant therapy in stage I-II uterine carcinosarcoma

Gynecol Oncol. 2012 Oct;127(1):22-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2012.06.020. Epub 2012 Jun 20.


Objective: To evaluate the impact of adjuvant post-operative therapy in women with early stage uterine carcinosarcoma.

Methods: After IRB approval was obtained at all sites, a multi-center retrospective study of women with FIGO stage I-II uterine carcinosarcoma diagnosed from 1997 to 2007 was conducted. Post-operative treatment included observation (OBS), radiation (RT), chemotherapy (CT) alone or with RT (CT+RT). Data analyzed included demographic and pathologic factors, adjuvant therapy outcomes, and time-to-event information. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate time-to-event functions. Cox regression modeling was used to examine the impact of selected covariates on progression free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS).

Results: 111 women were identified: 94 (85%) had stage I and 17 (15%) had stage II uterine carcinosarcoma. Forty-four women (40%) did not receive adjuvant therapy (OBS), 29 (26%) women had adjuvant CT, 23 (20%) women underwent RT and 15 (14%) women underwent RT+CT. Seventy-three patients were alive without disease and 38 had progressed or died at the close of data collection. In multivariate analysis, CT (p=0.003), LVSI (p<0.0001) and a pre-existing cancer (p=0.004) were most predictive of PFS. LVSI was predictive of shortened OS (p=0.01).

Conclusions: In women with FIGO stage I-II uterine carcinosarcoma, adjuvant chemotherapy is associated with improved PFS compared to radiation or observation alone. Ongoing clinical trials will clarify the role of chemotherapy in women with this disease.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Carcinosarcoma / drug therapy*
  • Carcinosarcoma / pathology
  • Carcinosarcoma / radiotherapy*
  • Carcinosarcoma / surgery
  • Chemoradiotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Radiotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Survival Analysis
  • Uterine Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Uterine Neoplasms / pathology
  • Uterine Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Uterine Neoplasms / surgery