Lack of survival benefit following adjuvant radiation in patients with retroperitoneal sarcoma: A SEER analysis

Warren H. Tseng, Steve R. Martinez, Ly Do, Robert M. Tamurian, Dariusz Borys, Robert J Canter

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Abstract

Background: The benefit of radiation therapy (RT) among patients with retroperitoneal sarcoma (RPS) is controversial. We performed a retrospective analysis of the effect of RT on survival among RPS patients using a nationwide cancer registry. Methods: Utilizing data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, we identified 2308 cases of RPS from 1988 to 2004. We excluded 773 cases for age < 18, identification by autopsy only, absence of histologic confirmation, presence of metastatic disease, or lack of surgical intervention. Overall survival (OS) and disease-specific survival (DSS) were estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Multivariate analysis was performed using a Cox proportional hazards model, adjusting for significant covariables. Results: Among 1535 patients who met entry criteria, RT was administered to 373 patients (24.3%). The majority of RT (n = 300, 80.4%) was administered postoperatively. Median OS was 60 and 60 mo, respectively, for patients receiving and not receiving RT (P = 0.59). Median DSS was 86 and 117 mo, respectively, for patients receiving and not receiving RT (P = 0.84). On multivariate analysis, younger age, female gender, low and intermediate histologic grade, liposarcoma histology, tumor size 5-10 cm, and completeness of resection all independently predicted better OS and DSS, while RT did not (HR for OS with RT 0.92, 95% CI 0.78-1.09 and HR for DSS with RT 0.96, 95% CI 0.78-1.17). On subgroup analysis by histology, patients with malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) receiving RT demonstrated statistically improved OS (P = 0.002) and DSS (P = 0.01), respectively. Conclusions: With the possible exception of MFH, postoperative RT offers no survival benefit in RPS. Further studies are necessary to determine if the selective application of RT is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Volume168
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2011

Keywords

  • radiation therapy
  • retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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