Outcome and prognostic factors in breast sarcoma: A multicenter study from the rare cancer network

Oscar Lambret Anti-Cancer Center, 3 rue Frédéric Combemale, Lille, France.
Radiotherapy and Oncology (Impact Factor: 4.36). 01/2008; 85(3):355-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.radonc.2007.10.015
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Breast sarcoma (BS) is a rare tumour. While surgical resection is the primary treatment, the role of radiation therapy (RT) and chemotherapy remains unclear. This study aimed at defining prognostic factors and treatment strategies.
Data from 103 patients treated between 1976 and 2002 were collected. The median age was 55 years (range: 13-86); the median histological tumour size was 4.45 cm (range: 0.8-22). There were 42 angiosarcomas. Surgery consisted of wide excision in 34 cases, and total mastectomy in 69 cases. A total dose of 50 Gy in 25 fractions was delivered in 50 patients. At the completion of treatment, 89 patients had no residual tumour.
After a median follow-up of 64 months, 56 patients developed recurrent disease: 38 presented a local relapse and 37 developed distant metastases. The 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) were 44% (95% confidence interval [CI], 39-49%) and 55% (95% CI, 50-60%), respectively. In multivariate analysis, favourable prognostic factors for better local control were: no residual tumour after treatment, no cellular pleomorphism, and histology other than angiosarcoma. For DFS, the five favourable prognostic factors were non-menopausal status, no residual tumour after treatment, non-angiosarcoma histology, absence of tumour necrosis, and grade 1-2 histology.
While angiosarcoma has the worst prognosis, the outcome of the other types of sarcomas may be worsened by residual tumour after loco-regional treatment and high grade histology, a classical prognostic factor of the other soft tissue sarcomas. During surgical procedure axillary dissection is not mandatory.

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    • "It was believed that histologic grade is of prognostic importance, but a recent study show that there is no correlation between histologic grade and patients outcome [22]. The prognostic factors of breast angiosarcoma include the tumor size, presence of residual disease, cellular pleomorphism and proliferative index [23,24]. Aggressive surgical resection is the mainstay of treatment. "
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    • "Although radiotherapy has not shown to improve survival, given the well-known benefit of radiotherapy in soft tissue sarcomas at other tumour sites, it is reasonable to offer postoperative radiotherapy if there is high risk of microscopic residual disease [7]. The prognostic factors for sarcoma of the breast include the tumour grade, size, presence of residual disease, and cellular pleomorphism [8, 9]. There is no definite evidence to support the use of adjuvant chemotherapy in angiosarcoma [9]. "
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