Sporadic desmoid-type fibromatosis: a stepwise approach to a non-metastasising neoplasm--a position paper from the Italian and the French Sarcoma Group

Ann Oncol. 2014 Mar;25(3):578-583. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdt485. Epub 2013 Dec 9.


Desmoid-type fibromatosis (DF) is a rare locally aggressive monoclonal proliferation of myofibroblasts lacking metastatic capacity. It may be observed in nearly every part of the body. Considering the variable clinical presentations, anatomic locations, and biologic behaviors, an individualized treatment approach is required. The pathogenesis of DF is not completely understood even if a high prevalence (∼85%) of CTNNB1 mutations discovered in sporadic DF underlies the importance of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway. No established and evidence-based approach for the treatment of this neoplasm is available as of today. Considering the unpredictable behavior and the heterogeneity of this disease, we propose a treatment algorithm approved by the French and the Italian Sarcoma Group, based on a front-line wait and see approach and subsequent therapy in the case of progression. A careful counseling at a referral center is mandatory and should be offered to all patients affected by sporadic DF from the time of their diagnosis.

Keywords: aggressive fibromatosis; desmoid tumor; medical therapy; outcome; radiation therapy; surgery; wait and see approach.

MeSH terms

  • Fibromatosis, Aggressive / genetics
  • Fibromatosis, Aggressive / radiotherapy*
  • Fibromatosis, Aggressive / surgery*
  • France
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / radiotherapy
  • Watchful Waiting*
  • Wnt Signaling Pathway / genetics
  • beta Catenin / genetics*


  • CTNNB1 protein, human
  • beta Catenin