Objective: To assess the pattern of failures and the survival of patients with uterine papillary serous carcinoma (UPSC). Methods: The hospital records of 119 women with UPSC were reviewed. Surgery was the initial therapy for all the cases. The median follow-up of survivors was 133 months (range, 3Y216 months). Results: Postoperative treatment was used in 98 patients (82.4%). Adjuvant treatment was radiotherapy in 25 women, chemotherapy in 61 women, and chemotherapy plus radiotherapy in 12 women. Tumor recurred in 44 (37.0%) of the 119 patients, after a median time of 15.1 months. Relapse was symptomatic in 15 patients (34.1%), and recurrent disease involved peritoneum or distant sites in 26 (66.7%) of the 39 patients for whom the site of failure was known. Five- and 10-year survival rates were 61.8% and 54.6%, respectively. Survival was related to disease stage (P G 0.0001). Among patients with advanced tumor, 5-year survival was lower in women who had macroscopic residual disease after surgery than in those who had not (15.4% vs 37.5%; P = 0.08). Distant failures were higher in women with histologically proven positive nodes than in those with negative nodes (28.6% vs 9.1%; P = 0.048). There was a trend to better survival for patients with stage I to stage II disease who underwent chemotherapy when compared with those who did not. Conclusions: Uterine papillary serous carcinoma has an aggressive clinical behavior with a great tendency to recur especially in peritoneal and distant sites. Tumor stage is a strong prognostic factor, whereas the role of adjuvant treatment is still uncertain.
- Pattern of failure
- Surgical staging
- Uterine papillary serous carcinoma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology