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Clinical Impact of External Beam Radiotherapy for Surgically Resected Primary Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma

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EORTC-62092 (STRASS) was a phase 3, randomized study that compared surgery alone versus surgery plus neoadjuvant radiotherapy (RT) for retroperitoneal sarcomas. RT was not associated with improved abdominal recurrence-free survival, the primary outcome measure, although on subanalysis, there may have been benefit for well-differentiated (WD) liposarcoma. This study investigated the real-world use and outcomes of RT (neoadjuvant and adjuvant) for the management of retroperitoneal liposarcoma.


We queried the National Cancer Database (NCDB) (2004–2017) for patients with nonmetastatic, primary retroperitoneal liposarcoma treated with resection with or without RT (n = 3911). Patients were stratified by treatment type and histology [WD (n = 2252), dedifferentiated (DD) (n = 1659)]. Propensity score (PS) matching was used before comparison of treatment groups. Overall survival (OS) was the primary outcome measure.


Median follow-up time was 4.1 years, and median OS was 10.7 years. There was no association between RT and OS for either WDLPS or DDLPS cohorts. We performed a subgroup analysis of neoadjuvant RT only, similar to STRASS. For WDLPS after PS matching (n = 208), neoadjuvant RT was not associated with OS (hazard ratio [HR] 1.01, p = 0.0523) but was associated with longer postoperative hospital stay (p = 0.012). For DDLPS after PS matching (n = 290), neoadjuvant RT was not associated with OS (HR 1.02, p = 0.889). For both WD-LPS and DD-LPS, utilization of neoadjuvant RT was associated with treatment at high-volume (≥ 10 cases/year) and academic/network facilities.


For primary retroperitoneal liposarcoma treated with surgical resection, radiotherapy was not associated with an overall survival benefit in this propensity-matched, adjusted analysis of the NCDB.

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DJE performed data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation, and manuscript construction. YJC performed statistical analyses. CLR and EZK performed data interpretation and contributed to manuscript creation. RGW, BC, EFN, CPS, KET, BWF, KKH, AJB, and BAG contributed to manuscript creation.

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Erstad, D.J., Chiang, YJ., Witt, R.G. et al. Clinical Impact of External Beam Radiotherapy for Surgically Resected Primary Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma. Ann Surg Oncol 30, 926–940 (2023).

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