Stucky, C. et al., “Excellent Local Control With Preoperative Radiation Therapy, Surgical Resection, and Intra-Operative Electron Radiation Therapy for Retroperitoneal Sarcoma.” (2014)


To examine the value of surgical resection combined with preoperative external beam radiation therapy and intraoperative radiation therapy (Surg-RT) for retroperitoneal sarcoma (RPS).


Review of 63 consecutive patients with RPS from 1996 to 2011.


Thirty-seven patients (59%) underwent Surg-RT and 26 (41%) had surgery alone. 51% of tumors were high grade and 36% of patients had locally recurrent disease. Final margin status was: R0 73%, R1 16%, R2 6%, and unknown 5%. Of those with R0 resections, 67% received Surg-RT. Median follow-up was 45 months. The 5-year local control rate was 89% for Surg-RT patients and 46% for surgery alone patients (P ¼ 0.03). On multivariate analysis, Surg-RT was the only variable associated with a lower risk of LR (HR 0.19; CI 0.05–0.69, P ¼ 0.003). The actuarial 5-year OS was 60% for patients receiving either Surg-RT or surgery alone.


The combination of pre-operative radiation, surgical resection, and intraoperative radiation produces excellent local disease control for RPS. Combination therapy was associated with improved local control but not with overall survival. J. Surg. Oncol.  2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc