Sarcomas in North West England: III Survival

A. L. Hartley, V. Blair, M. Harris, J. M. Birch, S. S. Banerjee, A. J. Freemont, J. McClure, L. J. McWilliam

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    Survival data on a population-based series of bone, soft tissue and visceral sarcomas diagnosed in the North West of England between 1982-84 and subjected to histopathological peer review are presented. Five-year crude survival for all cases was 34%. Survival in males and females did not differ significantly (P= 0.6, 5 year survival 32% vs 36%) but was markedly worse for patients diagnosed over the median age of 60 years, even when allowance was made for underlying mortality (P= 0.03, 34% vs 44%). Five-year survival rates for the major site groups were: bone 44%; soft tissues of head, neck and trunk 36%, soft tissues of extremities 35%; female genital tract 35%; retroperitoneum 15%; gastro-intestinal tract 13%. Analysis by the major histological types revealed the following survival rates: leiomyosarcoma - female genital tract 25%, gastro-intestinal tract 14%, non-visceral soft tissue 21%. malignant fibrous histiocytoma of soft tissue 29%; liposarcoma 52%; osteosarcoma of bone 46%; and chondrosarcoma of bone 50%.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)685-691
    Number of pages6
    JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1992


    • Adult
    • Age Factors
    • Aged
    • mortality: Bone Neoplasms
    • mortality: Chondrosarcoma
    • epidemiology: England
    • Female
    • Follow-Up Studies
    • Humans
    • mortality: Leiomyosarcoma
    • Male
    • Middle Aged
    • mortality: Osteosarcoma
    • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    • mortality: Sarcoma
    • Sex Factors


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