Late Local Recurrence and Metastasis in Soft Tissue Sarcoma of the Extremities and Trunk Wall: Better Outcome After Treatment of Late Events Compared with Early

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Background: Approximately 80% of soft tissue sarcoma (STS) recurrences, local and metastatic disease, are diagnosed within the first 3 years after primary diagnosis and treatment. Recurrences, however, can present after a longer period of remission. Our goal was to identify factors that may predict the risk of late recurrence. Methods: We identified 677 patients with STS of the extremities and trunk wall from a population-based sarcoma register. Of these, 377 patients were alive and event-free at 3 years and were included for analysis of possible risk factors for late recurrence. Results: Fifty-five of 377 (15%) patients developed late recurrence: 23 local recurrence, 21 metastasis, and 11 both manifestations. With R0 wide surgical margin as reference, R0 marginal (hazard ratio [HR] 2.6; p = 0.02) and R1 (HR 5.0; p = 0.005) margins were risk factors for late local recurrence. Malignancy grade (HR 8.3; p = 0.04) and R0 marginal surgical margin (HR 2.3; p = 0.04) were risk factors for late metastasis. We could not find a statistically significant correlation of late recurrence with many of the generally known risk factors for local recurrence and metastasis in STS. Outcome after treatment of late recurrences was better compared with outcome after treatment of early events. Conclusions: Late recurrences, albeit relatively rare, do occur. Outcome after treatment was good compared with outcome after early events. Long surveillance of all patients with high-grade STS, especially if R0 wide surgical margin is not achieved in the primary treatment, appear to be well justified.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Skåne University Hospital

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Cancer och onkologi
TidskriftAnnals of Surgical Oncology
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2021
Peer review utfördJa