20 May 2020

EpSSG paper, a new one for the Surgeons' Committee!

Paratesticular rhabdomyosarcoma - Impact of loco-regional approach on patient outcome. A report from the European paediatric Soft tissue sarcoma Study Group (EpSSG)

The paper from EpSSG entitled, “Paratesticular rhabdomyosarcoma - Impact of loco-regional approach on patient outcome. A report from the European paediatric Soft tissue sarcoma Study Group (EpSSG),” has been accepted for publication in the journal, Pediatric Blood & Cancer.
The paper concluded that paratesticular rhabdomyosarcoma is rare compared to benign scrotal pathology and the surgeon not anticipating malignancy can result in inappropriate first surgery; however, with supplementary treatment, patients maintain excellent outcomes. Analysis of the data also showed that surgical staging of lymph nodes should be performed in older patients. The data did not support the systematic use of hemi-scrotectomy for patients needing further surgery. Survival after relapse remains poor. The challenge for surgeons is to improve locoregional disease control by adequate surgical staging of lymph nodes, and to decrease the rate of inappropriate surgery.
Author: First AUTHOR: Timothy Rogers