Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kenneth Rankin,
Dr Emma Lethbridge
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© 2018, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature. Background and purpose: We reviewed our experience of synovial sarcoma to identify factors predictive of local recurrence and overall survival, the impact of chemotherapy and outcomes after surgical excision alone. Materials and methods: 81 patients were treated between 1997 and 2014 of mean age 39 years (8–78). Tumours were in the extremity in 55 (67%). 9 patients presented with metastases and 10 with unresectable disease. Mean follow-up was 3.7 years (SD 3.8). Treatment groups were palliative, surgery only, surgery and radiotherapy, or surgery with chemotherapy (with or without radiotherapy). Results: Local recurrence-free survival (LRFS) was 73% at 5 years, and 68% at 10 and 15 years. In multivariate analysis, positive surgical margins were an independent predictor of LRFS. Overall survival (OS) was 50% at 5 years for all patients, and 62% at 5 years for those treated with curative intent. Larger tumour size and non-extremity locations were predictors of poorer OS. Patients who had chemotherapy did not have significantly better OS or LRS than others. Interpretation: These results show that where feasible, curative resection should not be delayed for chemotherapy. Treatment with surgery only can be associated with good outcomes in selected patients with smaller extremity tumours; although our series is small.
Author(s): Khan M, Rankin KS, Todd R, Lethbridge E, Gerrand C
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Print publication date: 01/04/2019
Online publication date: 08/11/2018
Acceptance date: 06/07/2018
ISSN (print): 0936-8051
ISSN (electronic): 1434-3916
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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