Local recurrence and survival in soft-tissue sarcomas

Ann Surg Oncol. 1996 May;3(3):255-60. doi: 10.1007/BF02306280.


Background: There is a continuous interest in the literature concerning the management and survival after treatment of local recurrence in sarcomas because it is one of the most common types of recurrence.

Design: We retrospectively reviewed 93 patients treated for local recurrence from soft-tissue sarcoma.

Methods: We evaluated prognostic parameters (grade, tumor size, location) and the effect of treatment on survival.

Results: Resection of all the gross tumor at first visit to our Institute for local recurrence was accomplished in 88 patients (95%). Of the 59 patients with extremity tumors, six (10%) required an amputation. At a mean follow-up of 66 months, further local recurrence was noted in 27%. The estimated 5-year survival rate was 100% for patients with grade I tumors (n = 16), 77% for grade II (n = 31), and 45% for grade III tumors (n = 46) (p = 0.0002). This value was 78% for tumors < or = 5 cm and 57% for those > 5 cm (p = 0.03).

Conclusions: Local recurrence is resectable and limb preservation is possible in the majority of patients. The overall 5-year survival rate was 65%. Survival after treatment of local recurrence is determined mainly by the grade and secondarily by the size of the tumor as for primary sarcomas.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / mortality*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / surgery
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sarcoma / mortality*
  • Sarcoma / pathology
  • Sarcoma / surgery
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / surgery
  • Survival Rate