Radiation Therapy For Sarcoma
Radiation Therapy occupies an important role in the treatment of sarcomas. Originally falsely thought to be radioresistant, radiation was only used to palliate sarcoma patients with unresectable disease.
Today, however, radiation therapy is commonly used either prior to (preoperative) or following (postoperative) surgery in an effort to reduce the risk of recurrence and the need for radical surgery (view paper 1 and paper 2).
The role of radiotherapy is particularly important in patients with extremity soft tissue sarcomas. In these patients, radiation is combined with surgery (and often with chemotherapy as well) in order to avoid the need for amputation (view paper). Radiation is also commonly delivered following surgery in patients with retroperitoneal sarcomas (view paper).
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