IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 28 / Issue 2 / pii/2007124

European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology (EJGO) is published by IMR Press from Volume 40 Issue 1 (2019). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

Original Research

Anthracycline-based adjuvant chemotherapy in early-stage uterine sarcomas: Long-term results of a single institution experience

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1 Department of Clinical Therapeutics, Alexandra Hospital, Athens University School of Medicine, Athens, Greece
2 Department of Pathology, Alexandra Hospital, Athens University School of Medicine, Athens, Greece
3 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Alexandra Hospital, Athens University School of Medicine, Athens, Greece
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2007, 28(2), 109–116;
Published: 10 April 2007

Purpose of investigation: Uterine sarcomas are rare neoplasms characterized by a high rate of local recurrences and distant metas­tases. The role of chemotherapy in early-stage completely resected disease remains controversial. Methods: Thirty-one patients with Stage I or II uterine sarcomas, referred to our center for adjuvant chemotherapy, received anthracycline-based regimens. Seventeen (54.8%) patients received ifosfamide, etoposide and epirubicin, six (19.4%) were treated with doxorubicin and carboplatin, three (9.6%) were administered doxorubicin and ifosfamide, while five (16.1 %) patients received various anthracycline-based regimens. Results: With a median follow-up of 82 months disease recurred in 12 (38.7%) patients. Five-year survival probability is estimated at 54%. Both median overall survival and time to progression for all patients have not been reached yet. Patients who received ifosfamide-containing regimens had a statistically significant benefit in overall survival (p ≤ 0.05) when compared with those treated with non-ifosfamide-containing regimens. Conclusion: Our data suggest a potential role for anthracycline- and ifosfamide-containing chemotherapy in the adjuvant setting for early-stage uterine sarcomas.

Early-stage uterine sarcomas
Adjuvant chemotherapy
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