Extraosseous osteosarcoma: Single institutional experience in Korea

Soohyeon Lee, Mi Rae Lee, Su Jin Lee, Hee Kyung Ahn, Junho Yi, Seong Yoon Yi, Sung Wook Seo, Ki Sun Sung, Joon Oh Park, Jeeyun Lee

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Aim: Extraosseous osteosarcoma (EOO) is a rare soft tissue form of osteosarcoma without involvement of the skeletal system. Due to the rarity of disease, its clinical features and optimal treatment are yet to be defined. Methods: Between 1 January 1999 and 30 June 2008 ten patients were pathologically confirmed with extra-skeletal osteosarcoma. A retrospective analysis of the ten patients was performed. Results: The anatomical distribution of the osteosarcomas was as follows: lower extremities (n = 3), upper extremities (n = 2), breast (n = 2), lung (n = 1), cheek (n = 1) and retroperitoneum (n = 1). Nine patients initially underwent resection of the primary mass. One patient, who received six cycles of adjuvant doxorubicin and cisplatin chemotherapy was alive in remission at 42.6 months. One patient with postoperative radiotherapy after curative surgery was alive in remission at 6.2 months. However, all three patients who received curative resection but no postoperative radiotherapy or chemotherapy died of the disease at 10.7, 11.1 and 15.6 months after surgery. The median time to failure was only 4.4 months (95% CI, 0.6, 8.2 months) and the median survival time of all patients was only 11.1 months (95% CI, 5.6, 16.6 months). At the time of analysis, seven patients were dead and all died of the disease recurrence. Conclusion: EOO should be treated as a soft tissue sarcoma with aggressive behavior and multimodality treatment should be actively sought to improve treatment outcome. The impact of adjuvant chemotherapy on survival of EOO needs further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-129
Number of pages4
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Chemotherapy
  • Extraosseous osteosarcoma
  • Prognosis


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