Adjuvant chemotherapy following surgery in the management of uterine sarcomas

A. Szánthó, J. Bálega, I. Szabó, A. Demeter, N. Sipos, Z. Csapó, Z. Papp

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Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the use of imaging tools in the diagnosis of uterine sarcomas, and to evaluate the effect of the adjuvant chemotherapy for uterine sarcomas. Patients and Methods: The data of 29 patients with uterine sarcomas who received cytostatic polychemotherapy between 1990 and 2000 at the Oncological Division of the Ist Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Semmelweis University were evaluated by the authors. Symptoms leading to diagnosis and methods of diagnosis were examined. Vascular changes shown by two-dimensional, color and pulsed Doppler ultrasonography were observed. For staging the currently accepted FIGO method was adopted. Most of the patients underwent total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (TAH & BSO). In each case we administered adjuvant combination chemotherapy according to the CYVADIC-protocol. The effect of adjuvant chemotherapy was evaluated. Results: Six patients had Stage I, ten had Stage II, 11 had Stage III, and two had Stage IV disease. The mean age of the patients was 53.6 years with a range of 22 to 77 years. Histopathologic distribution included nine leiomyosarcomas (LMS), 13 mixed mesodermal sarcomas (MMS), and seven endometrial stromal sarcomas (ESS). Although most patients experienced neutropenia following cytotoxic chemotherapy, other non-hematologic adverse effects were easy to control. The average progression-free interval was 22.14 months, in which no significant difference was found between the histologic types. Different stages showed highly varied responses; surprisingly, patients in Stage IV with lung metastases were documented to have the longest progression-free survival. The three-year survival rate for all stages was demonstrated in 34.4% of cases. Patients with progressive disease had an average survival period of 4.4 months. Conclusions: These findings suggest that adjuvant cytostatic therapy for patients with distant metastasis confined to a single organ may produce better results than expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-424
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Gynaecological Oncology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 20 2003



  • Cytostatic treatment
  • Uterine sarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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