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Journal Articles Revue de Chirurgie Orthopédique et Réparatrice de l'Appareil Moteur Year : 2006

[Diagnosis and treatment of soft-tissue tumors]


The diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients with soft-tissue tumors would be similar to the approach used for bone tumors if it were not for one crucial factor: the absolute necessity to recognize a sarcoma. The predominant features are the size of the tumor and its superficial or deep localization. If the tumor is small and superficial, biopsy can be associated with immediate resection without risk of dissemination to the deep tissues: this is the biopsy-resection approach. If the tumor is deep or superficial but large sized, search for locoregional spread with MRI is necessary before undertaking any surgical procedure. MRI can help guide the biopsy and plan resection if the tumor is a sarcoma. A first biopsy is necessary to establish the histological diagnosis and elaborate the therapeutic strategy. Samples should be sent immediately to the pathology lab which should examine sterile fresh tissue. Experience has demonstrated that proper rules for diagnosis and treatment are not necessarily applied initially in approximately one-fourth of all subjects with a malignant soft-tissue tumor. Besides the medical problems caused by this situation, the patient loses a chance for cure. When the tumor is a sarcoma, surgery is the basis of treatment. Complementary radiation therapy may be necessary, particularly for high-grade tumors or if the surgical margin was insufficient. Systemic or locoregional chemotherapy can also be used for high-grade or non-resectable tumors.
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inserm-00467289 , version 1 (01-04-2010)


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Franck Dujardin, Marc Debled, Cécile Guillemet, Jacques Simonet, Hadji Hamidou, et al.. [Diagnosis and treatment of soft-tissue tumors]. Revue de Chirurgie Orthopédique et Réparatrice de l'Appareil Moteur, 2006, 92 (7), pp.637-50. ⟨inserm-00467289⟩
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