Neoadjuvant treatment of soft-tissue sarcoma: A multimodality approach

David Reynoso, Vivek Subbiah, Jonathan C. Trent, B. Ashleigh Guadagnolo, Alexander J. Lazar, Robert Benjamin, Raphael E. Pollock, Joseph A. Ludwig

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Unlike epithelial cancers that are both more homogeneous and easily categorized by their respective tissues of origin (e.g., breast or lung cancer), sarcomas represent a diverse class of molecularly distinct bone and soft-tissue mesenchymal neoplasms of more than 50 subtypes. This diversity, as well as the relative rarity of sarcomas as a whole, has presented challenges in conducting prospective randomized clinical trials to assess the value of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for any given subtype. Most clinical trials and meta-analyses have neglected the phenotypic and molecular heterogeneity differentiating one sarcoma subtype from another in favor of a simplified grouping that ensures timely trial completion. As the success of treating gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) with imatinib demonstrates, a decision to provide neoadjuvant chemotherapy must take into consideration both the subtype being treated and the effect such treatment would be expected to exert upon that subtype.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-333
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 15 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Adjuvant
  • Biomarkers
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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