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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Cardiaca, Vascolare e Toracica
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2001 February;42(1):143-5
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
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.