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Impact of the smallest surgical margin on local control in soft tissue sarcoma
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2008 (English)In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, Vol. 95, no 2, 237-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: The aim was to review a single-institution experience of a prospective treatment protocol for soft tissue sarcoma of the extremity and trunk wall, with particular focus on the smallest surgical margin leading to local control. METHODS: The study included 270 patients who had surgery for soft tissue sarcoma at Helsinki University Central Hospital between 1987 and 1997. Resection margins were measured prospectively from tumour specimens. Radiotherapy was administered if the smallest margin measured less than 2.5 cm, irrespective of tumour grade. RESULTS: With a median follow-up of 6.6 years, the 5-year local control rate was 76.4 per cent. On multivariable analysis, the smallest surgical margin around the sarcoma (after radiotherapy) was prognostic for local control. A margin of at least 2.5 cm was associated with a local recurrence-free rate of 89.2 per cent at 5 years. Tumour size, depth or grade and patient's age had no independent prognostic effect on local control. CONCLUSION: Surgical margin had independent prognostic value for local control. A surgical margin of 2-3 cm provided reasonable local control of soft tissue sarcoma, even without radiotherapy. Radiotherapy is recommended for smaller margins, irrespective of tumour grade.

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2008. Vol. 95, no 2, 237-43 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-105404DOI: 10.1002/bjs.5906PubMedID: 17703500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-105404DiVA: diva2:221185
Available from: 2009-06-03 Created: 2009-06-03 Last updated: 2009-06-08Bibliographically approved

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