Soft tissue sarcomas of the adult head and neck

Cancer. 1985 Aug 15;56(4):820-4. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(19850815)56:4<820::aid-cncr2820560420>;2-p.


From 1969 to 1983, 53 adult patients with head and neck soft tissue sarcomas were evaluated and treated by the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Illinois. The most common anatomic location was the neck (36%), and these patients had the highest 5-year disease-free survival rate (67%). Fibrosarcoma was the most common histologic type (26%); patients with aggressive fibromatosis had the longest mean survival time (93 months). The mean overall survival time was 58.7 months, and the disease-free 2-year, 5-year, and 10-year survival rates were 68%, 54%, and 28%, respectively. Wide excision was the treatment of choice, with adjuvant radiotherapy or chemotherapy, or both, used in selected patients. In all of the long-term survivors, the tumors were either well-differentiated or less than or equal to 5.0 cm in diameter. It is apparent that aggressive therapy of such tumors can provide good long-term results.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Fibrosarcoma / classification
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / classification
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Histiocytoma, Benign Fibrous / classification
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sarcoma / classification
  • Sarcoma / pathology*
  • Scalp
  • Skin Neoplasms / classification
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / classification
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed