Sarcomas: follow-up after treatment
Sarcomas: frequent follow-up
Follow-up consultations are frequent to begin with (every three to four months) then decrease to once every six months and then once per year. The exact terms of the follow-up depend on the age of the patient and his/her state of health, the tumor type and the treatment given.
Follow-up examinations after sarcoma
Each follow-up consultation mainly involves a clinical exam and imaging exams:
- X-rays, scans and/or MRIs of the area of the body on which surgery was performed
- Lung X-rays or scans
- Bone scintigraphy for a bone tumor, if it is suspected that the skeleton is affected
Sarcomas: risk of relapse
The quality of the surgery performed is a major factor in the risk of local relapse, though the severity and size of the tumor are also significant: the greater they are, the higher the risk of relapse.
To summarize, it is essential to seek a consultation quickly if you have an unexplained mass, to contact an expert sarcoma center as soon as care begins, to strictly comply with follow-up requirements, and finally to consult your physician promptly if any further anomaly occurs.
The current rate of local recurrence of soft-tissue sarcomas in limbs is less than 10%, compared with 25% barely 10 years ago thanks to progress in the management of sarcomas. For sarcomas in the retroperitoneum (the abdomen), recurrence has fallen to less than 20% compared with over 50% a few years ago.