Synovial sarcoma: Report of a series of 25 consecutive children from a single institution

Andrea Ferrari, Michela Casanova, Maura Massimino, Roberto Luksch, Graziella Cefalo, Fabrizio Lombardi, Stefania Galimberti, Giorgia Riganti, Franca Fossati-Bellani

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Background. The role of postoperative radiotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of synovial sarcoma remains to be determined. Procedure. Twenty-five children were treated during a 23-year period with a multimodality approach. All of them had resection of the primary tumor (three amputations), followed by surgical retreatment in eight. Postoperative radiotherapy was delivered to 16 patients and adjuvant chemotherapy was given to 22. Results. At the time of the report, 19 patients were alive and without evidence of disease. Six developed distant metastases (one associated with local recurrence); five of them died of their disease and one was alive in complete remission at 4 years from relapse. With a median follow-up of 9 years (range 2-23), the survival and the event-free survival at 5 years were 80% (SE 8.2) and 74% (SE 9.2), respectively. All relapsing patients had been classified as T2B. Conclusions. Multimodality treatment yielded satisfying survival results using limbpreserving surgery in most cases. Tumor size >5 cm and invasiveness, which defined stage T2B, were the most important predictors of poor outcome. Evaluation of the role of adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy awaits prospective studies, even if T2B patients, as well as children having nonradical surgery, seem worth managing by adjuvant treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalMedical and Pediatric Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999


  • Pediatric cancer
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Synovial sarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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