Rhabdomyosarcoma with unknown primary tumor site: A report from European pediatric Soft tissue sarcoma Study Group (EpSSG)

Maria Carmen Affinita, Johannes H.M. Merks, Julia C. Chisholm, Stèphanie Haouy, Angelique Rome, Marco Rabusin, Bernadette Brennan, Gianni Bisogno

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Background: Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is an aggressive malignancy, and 20% of children present with metastases at diagnosis. Patients presenting with disseminated disease very occasionally have no clear evidence of a primary tumor mass. As these patients have rarely been investigated, we report on a series of patients with RMS and unknown primary tumor site registered in the Metastatic (MTS) RMS 2008 protocol (October 2008 to December 2016) coordinated by the European pediatric Soft tissue sarcoma Study Group. Methods: Patients were administered nine cycles of induction chemotherapy, and 48 weeks of maintenance chemotherapy. Surgery and/or radiotherapy were planned after the first assessment of tumor response, and implemented after six cycles of chemotherapy. If feasible, radiotherapy to all sites of metastasis was recommended. Results: We identified 10 patients with RMS and unknown primary site, most of them adolescents (median age 15.8 years, range: 4.6–20.4). Nine had fusion-positive alveolar RMS. Multiple organ involvement was identified in seven patients, two only had bone marrow disease, and one only had leptomeningeal dissemination. All patients were given chemotherapy, four were irradiated, and none had surgery. Three patients underwent allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. At the time of this analysis, only two patients are alive in complete remission: one had received radiotherapy; and one had a bone marrow transplant. Conclusions: RMS with unknown primary tumor occurs mainly in adolescents and is typically fusion-positive alveolar. Radiotherapy may be important, but survival is poor and patients should be offered enrollment in investigational trials.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)e29967
TijdschriftPediatric Blood and Cancer
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusGepubliceerd - dec. 2022


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