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A prospective population-based management program including primary surgery and postoperative risk assessment by means of DNA ploidy and histopathology. Adjuvant radiotherapy is not necessary for the majority of patients with FIGO stage I-II endometrial cancer
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Oncology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Oncology UHL.
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2004 (English)In: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, ISSN 1048-891X, Vol. 14, no 3, 437-450 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A management program for FIGO stage I-II nonserous, nonclear-cell adenocarcinomas was evaluated. Histopathology and DNA ploidy were used to estimate postoperatively the risk of progression or death of disease and to tailor treatment. The patient material was a population-based consecutive cohort of all women with endometrial cancer in the Southern Swedish Health Care Region diagnosed between June 1993 and June 1996 (n=553). Of these, 335 were eligible for the management program. Patients estimated to be at low risk were treated by surgery only, while high-risk patients also received vaginal brachytherapy. A large low-risk group consisting of 84% (n=283) of the patients with an estimated disease-specific 5-year survival of 96% (95% CI=93-98%) was identified. The high-risk group (n=52, 16%) showed a worse outcome with an 80% 5-year disease-specific survival (95% CI=65-89%). The difference in survival between the groups was highly significant (P<0.0001). Half of the progressions were distant in the high-risk group. Although there is a clear indication for adjuvant therapy for this group, locoregional radiotherapy could be expected to fail in cases with distant progression. Thus, effective systemic treatments need to be developed. Low-risk patients, constituting the majority (84%) of the patients, can be safely treated by surgery only.

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2004. Vol. 14, no 3, 437-450 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23585DOI: 10.1111/j.1048-891x.2004.014303.xLocal ID: 3070OAI: diva2:243900
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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