International expert opinion on patient-tailored management of soft tissue sarcomas

JY Blay, Stefan Sleijfer, P Schoffski, A Kawai, T Brodowicz, GD Demetri, RG Maki

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Background: Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are a heterogeneous group of cancers comprising over 50 histological subtypes. Current treatment strategies for sarcomas are increasingly adapted to histological and molecular subtype, and several patient- and tumour-related factors influence treatment decision. Methods: Seven oncologists specialising in the management of STS, from Europe, the United States of America and Japan, met to develop a practical model to identify parameters guiding treatment decision-making in advanced STS. Literature searches were carried out to identify key published evidence, in particular phase II and III randomised trials, to validate the model, and extensive clinical experience was used as expert evidence. A document was developed to provide a logical approach to advanced STS management and was analysed critically by a second group of STS specialists. Results: Broad consensus was reached during this exercise and the following parameters were identified as key factors influencing treatment decision: chemosensitivity of histological subtype, natural history of the diagnosis, tumour burden, tumour site, locally advanced primary and/or metastases, patient's general condition, relevant comorbidities, previous chemotherapy, treatment goal and patient acceptance. These parameters, judged useful for treatment selection, were based on published literature, the selection process within clinical trials and expert opinion (some factors have not been formerly defined in published literature).
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)679-689
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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