J Cancer 2018; 9(21):3831-3838. doi:10.7150/jca.25715 This issue

Research Paper

Retroperitoneal dedifferentiated liposarcoma: Analysis of 61 cases from a large institution

Peng Luo1,2*, Weiluo Cai1,2*, Lingge Yang1,2, Zhiqiang Wu1,2, Yong Chen1,2, Ruming Zhang1,2, Wangjun Yan1,2, Yingqiang Shi1,2, Chunmeng Wang1,2✉

1. Department of Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, China
2. Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
*Peng Luo and Weiluo Cai contributed equally to this work.

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Luo P, Cai W, Yang L, Wu Z, Chen Y, Zhang R, Yan W, Shi Y, Wang C. Retroperitoneal dedifferentiated liposarcoma: Analysis of 61 cases from a large institution. J Cancer 2018; 9(21):3831-3838. doi:10.7150/jca.25715. Available from https://www.jcancer.org/v09p3831.htm

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Background: To describe the clinical features of retroperitoneal dedifferentiated liposarcoma (RP DDLS) and further evaluate the prognostic factors.

Methods: The clinicopathological variables and treatment strategies of 61 RP DDLS patients who underwent surgical resections at a single institution between September 2005 and September 2016 were reviewed. Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression methods were conducted for survival analyses.

Results: The average patients' age was 52 years (range, 27-81), and there was almost no gender predilection (30 males vs. 31 females). 51 (83.6%) patients got gross tumor resections (R0/R1 resection), and the median tumor size was 19 cm (range, 4.3-50 cm). 39(63.9%) patients were with intermediate-grade sarcoma and 22(36.1%) were with high-grade sarcoma. The median intraoperative blood loss was 400 ml (range, 50-2700ml). 19 (31.1%) patients presented multifocal diseases. Tumors were removed intactly in 42 (68.9%) patients. In order to obtain gross tumor resections, 33 (54.1%) of the patients underwent excisions of at least one adjacent organ, of which kidney (n=21, 63.6%) was the most common one. 6 (9.8%) patients developed distant metastases during follow-up. The overall 5-year progression-free survival (PFS) rate was 3.7%, with the median PFS of 19 months. The 5-year overall survival (OS) rate was 43.5%, with the median OS of 58 months. Updating to November 2017, 30 (49.2%) patients remained alive. The median follow-up time was 49 months. Multivariate analysis using Cox proportional hazards model revealed that tumor grade, blood loss, resection extent, and tumor integrity were independently associated with OS (p=0.032, p=0.018, p=0.020, p=0.005, respectively). Tumor grade, tumor integrity and multifocality were significant predictors for PFS (p=0.013, p=0.080, p=0.009, p=0.028, respectively).

Conclusion: Intermediate-grade histology, intraoperative blood loss < 400 ml, complete tumor resection, and tumor integrity were independently associated with better OS. Intermediate-grade histology, tumor integrity and unifocal disease independently predicted favorable PFS.

Keywords: retroperitoneal dedifferentiated liposarcoma, Asian, predictors