Patterns of metastatic spread following resection of extremity soft-tissue sarcomas and strategies for treatment

Semin Surg Oncol. 1988;4(1):20-6. doi: 10.1002/ssu.2980040106.

Abstract

This study examines recurrence patterns in 255 patients with soft-tissue sarcoma treated with preoperative chemotherapy and radiation, followed by limb-sparing surgery. Eighty-five patients developed metastatic disease: 13 had isolated local recurrence, 43 had isolated pulmonary metastases, 11 had metastases to lung and elsewhere, and 18 had metastases to multiple sites. Of the patients with isolated pulmonary metastases, 19/43 had resection of the metastases, and 9 are disease free. All 13 patients with local recurrences had resection of the recurrence, and 9 remain disease-free. Patients with multiple sites of recurrence had a 2-year survival of less than 10%. Resection of metastases is beneficial to a small number of patients who develop metastatic disease.

MeSH terms

  • Actuarial Analysis
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Doxorubicin / therapeutic use
  • Extremities* / pathology
  • Extremities* / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / epidemiology
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / surgery
  • Sarcoma / pathology
  • Sarcoma / surgery
  • Sarcoma / therapy*
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / surgery
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / therapy*

Substances

  • Doxorubicin