What are the Trans-Atlantic Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Working Group guidelines for standard follow-up practice for soft tissue sarcoma (STS)?

Updated: Sep 02, 2018
  • Author: Steven C Katz, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edwin Choy, MD, PhD  more...
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For patients with intermediate- or high-grade sarcoma, the recommended follow-up schedule is as follows:

  • Risk of recurrence persists beyond 15-20 years, so patients should be followed indefinitely.
  • The median time to recurrence is less than 5 years; thus, more frequent imaging is indicated during this time frame.
  • Imaging and clinical follow-up for RPS is not strictly evidence based. A reasonable approach is to image patients every 3-6 months for the first 5 years after resection, and annually thereafter.

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