A Simple Prognostic Benefit Scoring System for Sarcoma Patients with Pulmonary Metastases: Sarcoma Lung Metastasis Score

Haruchika Yamamoto, Hiromasa Yamamoto, Junichi Sou, Etsuji Suzuki, Kei Namba, Ken Suzawa, Kentaroh Miyoshi, Shinji Otani, Mikio Okazaki, Seiichiro Sugimoto, Masaomi Yamane, Takashi Yorifuji, Katsuhito Takahashi, Shinichi Toyooka

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Background: Pulmonary metastasectomy could be considered one of the treatment options for disease control in sarcoma patients with pulmonary metastases; however, there is little consensus regarding the suitable criteria for predicting the likely outcomes in these patients. The aim of this study was to establish a prognostic benefit scoring system based on preoperatively examined prognostic factors for sarcoma patients with pulmonary metastases. Methods: This was a single-center, retrospective cohort study conducted in a cohort of 135 sarcoma patients who underwent a first pulmonary metastasectomy at Okayama University Hospital between January 2006 and December 2015. Based on the results of a multivariable logistic regression analysis performed to determine the factors influencing 3-year mortality, a Sarcoma Lung Metastasis Score was created and its correlation with 3-year survival was analyzed. Results: The results of the multivariate analysis revealed significant differences in the disease-free interval (< 2 years vs. ≥ 2 years; odds ratio (OR) 4.22, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.67–10.70), maximum tumor diameter (≥ 15 mm vs. < 15 mm; OR 3.86, 95% CI 1.75–8.52), and number of pulmonary metastases (≥ 6 vs. < 6; OR 2.65, 95% CI 1.06–6.620). The Sarcoma Lung Metastasis Score, which was defined as the total score of these three factors, reliably predicted 3-year survival (score: 0, 89.5%; 1, 63.2%; 2, 39.0%; 3, 10.5%). Conclusions: Our newly proposed simple Sarcoma Lung Metastasis Score appears to be a useful prognostic predictor for sarcoma patients with pulmonary metastases, in that it could be helpful for the selection of appropriate treatments for these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3884-3890
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Surgical Oncology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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