Bone and soft tissue sarcomas metastasize to the lung in about one-third of patients. Surgery of lung metastases is possible in at least 35% of patients who have undergone primary surgery. Thoracotomy may be bilateral if necessary. Wedge resection is preferred; lobectomy or pneumonectomy is reserved for metastases in the hilum. The average overall survival following resection at 5-years is 37%. Results are influenced by the specific histotype of the primary tumour, by the interval between pulmonary metastases and treatment of the primary sarcoma, and by the number of metastases.
- Metastatic osteosarcoma
- Metastatic soft tissue sarcoma
- Pulmonary metastases
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine