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Med Pediatr Oncol. 1994;22(6):380-3.

Radiation therapy for alveolar soft-part sarcoma.

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Department of Radiotherapy, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston 77030.


A clinical experience with radiotherapy in 18 patients with alveolar soft-part sarcoma is presented. Adjuvant radiotherapy was associated with prolonged local control in six of six patients without metastatic disease at diagnosis; later one patient relapsed systematically. Meaningful palliation was achieved in all patients with extra-skeletal (and possibly skeletal) metastatic disease. Radiation therapy may be beneficial for patients with alveolar soft-part sarcoma by enhancing local control achieved with limited surgery, by retarding progression of metastatic deposits, and by providing meaningful palliation.

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