Ira Spiro, MD, PhD | Authors

Role of Radiation Therapy in Retroperitoneal Sarcomas

December 01, 1996

Soft-tissue sarcomas arising in the retroperitoneum represent an uncommon diagnosis, with approximately 600 new cases per year in the United States. Due to this small database, an assessment of the relative merits of different treatment strategies is not available. It is known is that patients with retroperitoneal sarcomas fare worse in terms of local control and disease-free survival than do patients with soft-tissue sarcoma of an extremity. The reasons for this are unclear but may be due, in part, to the large size of these tumors at diagnosis and the difficulty in obtaining adequate surgical margins.