Ovarian and Uterine Carcinosarcomas A Comparative Analysis of Prognostic Variables and Survival Outcomes

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI 48201, USA.
International Journal of Gynecological Cancer (Impact Factor: 1.95). 07/2010; 20(5):888-94. DOI: 10.1111/IGC.0b013e3181dc8292
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Carcinosarcomas (malignant mixed Mullerian tumor) of the female genital tract are rare tumors associated with poor outcome. The objective of this study was to identify site-specific differences by comparing carcinosarcomas originating in the uterus and the ovaries.
Data on patients with uterine and ovarian carcinosarcomas were extracted from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database between 1988 and 2005. Kaplan-Meier log rank and Cox proportional hazards models were used for survival analysis and for identification of possible predictors for survival.
The identified cohort included 3683 women of whom 2759 (75%) have uterine carcinosarcoma and 924 (25%) have ovarian carcinosarcomas. The patients with uterine carcinosarcoma were older than the patients with ovarian carcinosarcoma (median age, 67 vs 65 years; P < 0.001). The women with uterine carcinosarcoma compared with those with ovarian carcinosarcoma were more often African American (17.3% vs 6%; P < 0.001) and presented more often with localized disease (47% vs 10.8%; P < 0.001). Uterine carcinosarcoma compared with ovarian carcinosarcoma differed significantly with regard to the performance of lymphadenectomy (62.6% vs 41.2%; P < 0.001) and the administration of radiotherapy (38.2% vs 4.8%; P < 0.001). When controlled for the extent of disease spread, uterine carcinosarcoma had a more aggressive clinical course and shorter survival compared with ovarian carcinosarcoma. Although age (P < 0.001), race (P = 0.01), stage (P < 0.001), lymphadenectomy (P < 0.001), and radiation (P < 0.001) were all significant prognostic factors in uterine carcinosarcoma, only age (P < 0.001), stage (P < 0.001), and lymphadenectomy (P < 0.001) were significant predictors in ovarian carcinosarcoma.
Although uterine carcinosarcoma presents at an earlier stage than ovarian carcinosarcoma, it has a worse prognosis compared with ovarian carcinosarcoma, with a similar extent of disease spread. Improved survival observed in lymphadenectomy group lends support to its routine performance in patients with uterine and ovarian carcinosarcomas.

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    • "Carcinosarcomas comprise 2-5% of all uterine malignancies and have an estimated recurrence rate of 40-60% [4], with approximately 35% of patients having extra-uterine disease at diagnosis. Although surgical debulking is the mainstay of treatment, the high rate of tumor recurrence and a poor median survival of 16-40 months after diagnosis suggest a need for improved adjuvant treatment [5,6]. "
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    • "For patients with advanced disease, cytoreduction surgery is recommended based on their previous experiences with ovarian and other uterine neoplasms [7, 56]. In 2010, Garg et al. studied this relationship and found that the risk of death decreased 33% in patients that underwent a lymphadenectomy when compared to those that did not [11]. These results are similar to Nemani's results, that reported a median survival of 54 months in patients who underwent a lymphadenectomy (5-year overall survival of 49%) compared to 25 months in those that did not (5-year overall survival of 34%) [12]. "
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    • "While these tumors exhibit similar histologic hallmarks across anatomic sites, it is unclear whether they are molecularly similar diseases. Recently, uterine carcinosarcoma was associated with worse survival and a more aggressive clinical course when compared to ovarian carcinosarcoma after adjustment for stage of disease [19]. This raises the question of whether distinct molecular drivers of neoplasia are associated with a specific gynecologic site of origin, which can account for differential clinical behavior. "
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