Outcome of patients with osteosarcoma over 40 years of age: is angiogenesis a marker of survival?

Eugene TH Ek, Joseline Ojaimi, Yasuyuki Kitagawa, Peter FM Choong

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BACKGROUND: Osteosarcoma predominantly afflicts young people in their second and third decades of life. When osteosarcoma arises in patients older than 40 years, the prognosis is usually poorer compared to their younger counterparts. Although the clinical, histopathologic features and prognostic indicators are well defined for young patients, much less is known about affected adults. The purpose of this study is to describe our institution s experience with the management of osteosarcoma in patients greater than 40 years and also evaluate, by immunohistochemical analysis, the prognostic significance of microvessel density, as a marker of intratumoural angiogenesis. METHODS: A retrospective clinicopathological analysis was performed on 11 patients over the age of 40 years that were treated at our institution between 1996 and 2004. Archival pre-treatment biopsy tissue was retrieved for immunohistochemical staining against two endothelial cell markers (CD31 and CD34) and also against VEGF. Angiogenesis was assessed by determining the intratumoural microvessel density (MVD) and the degree of VEGF expression in these specimens. This was correlated with patient outcome in terms of local recurrence, metastasis and death. Histological results were also compared to a group of patients less than 40 years of age. RESULTS: Of the 11 patients, 9 were male and 2 were female and the mean age was 58 years (range, 42-85). In 7 patients, osteosarcoma arose secondarily from Paget s disease of the bone. The most common site involved was the humerus (7) followed by the femur (2) then pelvis (1) and ulna (1). At the time of diagnosis, 4 patients had metastatic disease. Preoperative chemotherapy was given to 4 patients, with a good response in 3 patients. Six patients underwent limb-sparing surgery, 4 had amputations and 1 was treated with radiotherapy alone. The mean follow up time was...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Seminars in Surgical Oncology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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