Integration of limb-sparing surgery, brachytherapy, and external-beam irradiation in the treatment of soft-tissue sarcomas

M. I. O'Connor, D. J. Pritchard, L. L. Gunderson

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Abstract

Advances in the integration of limb-sparing surgery and adjuvant radiation therapy have nearly eliminated the need for ablative or radical resections in the management of soft-tissue sarcomas. The combination of wide or marginal surgical resections, brachytherapy, and external-beam irradiation resulted in a local recurrence rate of 9% in 68 patients followed for a minimum of two years. All recurrences were in nonsubcutaneous high-grade lesions. Treatment- related morbidity occurred in 22% of patients. Wound-healing complications developed in 17% and resolved with nonoperative treatment in half. These results support the efficacy of limb-sparing surgery and adjuvant radiation therapy in the management of soft-tissue sarcomas. Integration of chemotherapy may be necessary for the higher-grade lesions, although effectiveness is uncertain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Issue number289
StatePublished - 1993

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Brachytherapy
Sarcoma
Radiotherapy
Extremities
Recurrence
Wound Healing
Morbidity
Drug Therapy
Therapeutics

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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Integration of limb-sparing surgery, brachytherapy, and external-beam irradiation in the treatment of soft-tissue sarcomas. / O'Connor, M. I.; Pritchard, D. J.; Gunderson, L. L.

In: Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, No. 289, 1993, p. 73-80.

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