What is the role of surgery in the treatment of liposarcoma?

Updated: Mar 18, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The rationale for wide surgical excision of atypical lipomatous tumors is the prevention of recurrence and dedifferentiation.

Wide and deep surgical excision, along with local radiation and/or chemotherapy, may be necessary for high-grade lesions.

Given the favorable outcome with wide surgical excision alone, regardless of the histologic type of the tumor, some authors believe that adjuvant radiation therapy is unjustified.


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