Long-term survivors of childhood Ewing sarcoma: report from the childhood cancer survivor study.

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BACKGROUND: The survival of Ewing sarcoma (ES) patients has improved since the 1970s but is associated with considerable future health risks. METHODS: The study population consisted of long-term (> or =5-year) survivors of childhood ES diagnosed before age 21 from 1970 to 1986. Cause-specific mortality was evaluated in eligible survivors (n = 568), and subsequent malignant neoplasms, chronic health conditions, infertility, and health status were evaluated in the subset participating in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (n = 403). Outcomes were compared with the US population and sibling control subjects (n = 3899). Logistic, Poisson, or Cox proportional hazards models, with adjustments for sex, age, race/ethnicity, and potential intrafamily correlation, were used. Statistical tests were two-sided. RESULTS: Cumulative mortality of ES survivors was 25.0% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 21.1 to 28.9) 25 years after diagnosis. The all-cause standardized mortality ratio was 13.3 (95% CI = 11.2 to 15.8) overall, 23.1 (95% CI = 17.6 to 29.7) for women, and 10.0 (95% CI = 7.9 to 12.5) for men. The nonrecurrence-progression non-external cause standardized mortality ratio (subsequent non-ES malignant neoplasms and cardiac and pulmonary causes potentially attributable to ES treatment) was 8.7 (95% CI = 6.2 to 12.0). Twenty-five years after ES diagnosis, cumulative incidence of subsequent malignant neoplasms, excluding nonmelanoma skin cancers, was 9.0% (95% CI = 5.8 to 12.2). Compared with siblings, survivors had an increased risk of severe, life-threatening, or disabling chronic health conditions (relative risk = 6.0, 95% CI = 4.1 to 9.0). Survivors had lower fertility rates (women: P = .005; men: P < .001) and higher rates of moderate to extreme adverse health status (P < .001). CONCLUSION: Long-term survivors of childhood ES exhibit excess mortality and morbidity.

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Cited Authors

  • Ginsberg, JP; Goodman, P; Leisenring, W; Ness, KK; Meyers, PA; Wolden, SL; Smith, SM; Stovall, M; Hammond, S; Robison, LL; Oeffinger, KC

Published Date

  • August 18, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 102 / 16

Start / End Page

  • 1272 - 1283

PubMed ID

  • 20656964

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2948841

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1460-2105

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/jnci/djq278


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States