publication date: May. 2, 2016

Soft Tissue Sarcoma Researchers: Radiation After Surgery Benefits Older Patients More than Younger Patients


Researchers at UC Davis have shown that radiation therapy following surgery benefits older patients more than younger patients when treating soft tissue sarcomas.

The study, published in the journal Anticancer Research, used data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program to assess whether radiation treatments after surgery improved disease-specific and overall survival in patients with non-metastatic sarcomas. Researchers found that radiation did increase survival compared to surgery alone, but the improvements mostly benefited patients 65 and older.

“We found that older patients had a survival benefit with radiation, but in younger patients, many of those benefits went away,” said Robert Canter, associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Surgery, and principal investigator on the paper. “It seems that older patients respond better to the combination of surgery and radiation.”

Analyzing data collected between 1990 and 2011, researchers identified 15,380 non-pediatric patients with non-metastatic STS who were treated with surgery alone or with surgery and radiation.

Using data on the tumor site, grade, size, cancer subtype … Continue reading CCL April – Researchers: Radiation After Surgery Benefits Older Patients More than Younger Patients

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