Radiotherapy in Ewing tumors of the vertebrae: Treatment results and local relapse analysis of the CESS 81/86 and EICESS 92 trials

Andreas Schuck*, Susanne Ahrens, Ines Von Schorlemer, Michaela Kuhlen, Michael Paulussen, Andrea Hunold, Georg Gosheger, Winfried Winkelmann, Jürgen Dunst, Normann Willich, Heribert Jürgens

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Purpose: Treatment results in patients with Ewing tumors of the vertebrae enrolled in the Cooperative Ewing's Sarcoma Study (CESS) 81, 86, and the European Intergroup Cooperative Ewing's Sarcoma Study (EICESS) 92 trials were analyzed with special emphasis on radiation-associated factors. Patients and Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed on 116 patients with primary tumors of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar vertebrae treated between 1981 and 1999. Furthermore, a relapse analysis was done on those patients who underwent radiotherapy and subsequently had a local recurrence. Results: A total of 64.6% of the patients received definitive radiotherapy; 27.5% of patients had surgery and radiotherapy. Only 4 patients (3.4%) underwent definitive surgery. Twenty-seven patients presented with metastases at diagnosis. 22.4% of the total group developed a local relapse. Among the subgroup with definitive radiotherapy, local recurrence was seen in 17 of 75 patients (22.6%). Event-free survival and survival at 5 years were 47% and 58%, respectively. Of the 14 evaluable patients with a local relapse after radiotherapy, 13 were in-field. No correlation between radiation dose and local control could be found. Conclusion: Surgery with wide resection margins is rarely possible. The results after definitive radiotherapy in vertebral tumors are comparable to those of other tumor sites when definitive radiotherapy is given. Nearly all local relapses after radiotherapy are in-field.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1562-1567
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2005


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