Defining a textbook surgical outcome for patients undergoing surgical resection of intermediate and high-grade soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities.

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BACKGROUND: Quality measures for the surgical management soft tissue sarcoma of the extremity are limited. The purpose of this study was to define a textbook surgical outcome (TO) for soft tissue sarcoma of the extremities (STS-E) and to examine its associations with hospital volume and overall survival. METHODS: All patients in the National Cancer Database undergoing resection of primary STS-E between 2004 and 2015 were identified. The primary outcome was a TO, defined as: hospital length of stay (LOS) <75th percentile, survival >90 days from the date of surgery, no readmission within 30 days of discharge, and negative surgical margins (R0 resection). RESULTS: Overall, 7658 patients met criteria for inclusion; a TO was achieved in 4291 (56%) patients. Of patients who did not achieve TOs, 51.9% (n = 1748) had an extended LOS, and 47.3% (n = 1591) did not have negative margins. Older age, more medical comorbidities, and non-white or black race were independently associated with not receiving a TO (P = .034). With respect to tumor and treatment characteristics, larger tumor size, lower extremity location and higher grade were independently associated with not receiving a TO (P < .001). Hospital volume was not associated with a TO. TOs conferred a significant survival benefit (hazrds ratio = 0.71 [0.65-0.78], P < .001). A TO was associated with a 27.5% longer survival time (P < .001). CONCLUSIONS: This study defined a TO in intermediate and high-grade STS-E and demonstrated that this outcome measure is associated with overall survival. Facility volume was not associated with a TO.

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Cited Authors

  • Lazarides, AL; Cerullo, M; Moris, D; Brigman, BE; Blazer, DG; Eward, WC

Published Date

  • October 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 122 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 884 - 896

PubMed ID

  • 32691847

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-9098

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jso.26087


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States