Cutaneous angiosarcoma of the head and neck

Cancer. 1979 Sep;44(3):1106-13. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(197909)44:3<1106::aid-cncr2820440345>;2-c.


Between 1920 and 1970, 13 patients (7 men and 6 women) with cutaneous angiosarcomas of the head or neck were treated at the Mayo Clinic; the mean age of the patients was 66 years. Three clinical patterns were noted: a superficial spreading type, a nodular type, and an ulcerating type. There were no predisposing benign lesions; however, in one patient, angiosarcoma developed in an area of previously irradiated skin. Three modes of therapy were used: surgery alone, radiation alone, and surgery with postoperative irradiation. Of the 13 patients, 2 survived more than 5 years and 2 were alive within 1 year of therapy. Because cervical lymph node spread is common, lymph node clearance is recommended for patients with lateralized lesion or with palpable lymphadenopathy at presentation.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / etiology
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / therapy
  • Hemangiosarcoma / diagnosis*
  • Hemangiosarcoma / etiology
  • Hemangiosarcoma / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Skin Neoplasms / etiology
  • Skin Neoplasms / therapy