Postradiation sarcoma: case report and review of the potential complications of therapeutic ionizing radiation.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

BACKGROUND: Radiation therapy is an acceptable treatment choice for many cutaneous malignancies. A potential late sequela of ionizing radiation is the development of secondary neoplasms within the treatment field. Although there are well-known cutaneous syndromes in which the use of ionizing radiation is contraindicated, in other clinical situations, physicians may not fully realize the risks associated with this therapeutic modality. OBJECTIVE: Through a case report presentation, a potential adverse consequence of radiation therapy will be discussed. A subsequent review of the literature should allow clinicians to better understand the potential risks of therapeutic radiation. METHODS: A case report and review of the literature are provided. RESULTS: A healthy black male with an unusual distribution of lower extremity squamous cell carcinomas in situ developed a malignant fibrous histiocytoma after radiation therapy. CONCLUSION: Postradiation sarcomas are uncommon complications of radiation therapy; however, the significant metastatic capabilities of these tumors demand that clinicians be aware of the potential risks of primary radiation therapy in the treatment of cutaneous tumors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fangman, WL; Cook, JL

Published Date

  • August 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 8 Pt 1

Start / End Page

  • 966 - 972

PubMed ID

  • 16042946

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1076-0512


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States