Erkki J Tukiainen,Hanna R Ihalainen,Mika M Sampo,Tom O BÃ¶hling,Virve Koljonen
Department of Plastic Surgery, Helsinki University Central Hospital , Helsinki , Finland.
Patients referred to the soft tissue tumour group at Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH) for a desmoid tumour (primary or recurred) during 1987-2007 and receiving surgical treatment with or without adjuvant treatment were included in this retrospective review. All locations and also patients with a FAP-associated tumour were included. Extra-abdominal location showed lower local control despite the fact that 27% of patients also received radiation therapy. In this review, the occurrence (14%) of concurrent neoplasms was higher than expected with unusual tumour types noted including two GISTs. In those patients in whom surgical treatment is chosen, adjuvant radiation therapy should also be considered in order to decrease morbidity from aggressive surgery aiming at R0 resection. Further studies are suggested to illuminate the biological association between the desmoid tumour and other neoplasms.