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Systematic review of active treatment options for desmoid tumours

We are pleased to share with you a recent publication in Current Oncology. This publication is entitled "A systematic review of active treatment options in patients with desmoid tumours".

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Yao X, Corbett T, Gupta AA, Kandel RA, Verma S, Werier J, Ghert M. A systematic review of active treatment options in patients with desmoid tumours. Curr Oncol. 2014 Aug;21(4):e613-29.


We conducted a systematic review to determine the optimal treatment options in patients with desmoid tumours who have declined observational management.

A search was conducted of the medline and embase databases (1990 to September 2012), the Cochrane Library, and relevant guideline Web sites and conference materials.

One systematic review and forty-six studies met the preplanned study selection criteria; data from twenty-eight articles were extracted and analyzed. For local control, three studies reported a statistically significant difference in favour of surgery plus radiotherapy (rt) compared with surgery alone, and one study did not; two studies reported the lack of a statistical difference between surgery plus rt and rt alone in maintaining local control. Multivariate risk factors for local recurrence included positive surgical margins and young patient age. Single-agent imatinib led to a progression-free survival rate of 55% at 2 years and 58% at 3 years. Methotrexate plus vinblastine led to a progression-free survival rate of 67% at 10 years. Significant toxicities were reported for all treatment modalities, including surgical morbidity, and rt- and chemotherapy-related toxicities.

In patients who have declined observational management, the local control rate was higher with surgery plus rt than with surgery alone. However, the additional rt-related complications should be considered in treatment decision-making. Surgery, rt, and systemic therapy are all reasonable treatment options for patients with desmoid tumours.

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