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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2001 February;42(1):143-5

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language: English

Successful use of intraoperative radiotherapy for local control of an Askin’s tumor recurrence

Yeste L., Sierra A., Cañon R., Aristu J., Torre W.

From the Services of General Thoracic Surgery and *Radiotherapy, Clinica Universitaria University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain


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Askin’s ­tumor is an infre­quent dis­ease, ­with a ­high ten­dency to ­local recur­rence. We ­present the ­case of a 16-­year-old ­female diag­nosed ­with a new recur­rence of ­this ­tumor ­affecting the tho­racic ­wall. ­There had ­been a pre­vious 5-­year his­tory of 3 ­local recur­rences ­treated ­each ­time by appar­ently com­plete sur­gery. A mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary ­approach con­sisting of chem­o­therapy, com­plete ­chest ­tumor resec­tion and intra­op­er­a­tive radio­therapy was under­taken. ­After 2-­year ­follow-up, the ­patient is ­alive and ­free of dis­ease. The ­role of sur­gery is ­still the key to ­obtaining ­good sur­vival, but in ­this ­case intra­op­er­a­tive radio­therapy ­proved to be a ­good adju­vant treat­ment.

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