Treatment and survival of osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma of the skull: a SEER database analysis

Enrico Martin, Joeky T. Senders, P. Valerie ter Wengel, Timothy R. Smith, Marike L. D. Broekman

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Background: Common primary bone tumors include osteosarcomas (OSC) and Ewing sarcomas (EWS). The skull is a rare site, and literature about their treatment and survival is scarce. Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, this study aims to assess the treatment and survival of skull OSC and skull EWS, as well as predictors for survival. Methods: Skull OSC and EWS cases were obtained from the SEER database. Patient and tumor characteristics, treatment modalities, and survival were extracted. Overall survival (OS) was assessed using multivariable Cox proportional hazard regression stratified by tumor histology. Kaplan-Meier curves were constructed for OS comparing OSC and EWS, as well as histological subtypes in OSC. Results: A total of 321 skull OSC and 80 skull EWS patients were registered from 1973 to 2013. EWS was more common in younger patients (p < 0.001). Resection was the predominant treatment strategy (80.1%), frequently in combination with adjuvant radiotherapy (30.4%). The 5-year survival rate varied significantly between OSC and EWS (51.0% versus 68.5%, p = 0.02). Kaplan-Meier curves show that EWS had a significantly better survival compared to OSC. Comparing histological subtypes of skull OSC, chondroblastic OSC had the best OS, Paget OSC the worst. Older age, tumor advancement, no surgical treatment, and the use of radiotherapy were identified as independent predictors of decreased OS in skull OSC. Conclusion: Overall prognosis is better for EWS compared to OSC. Chondroblastic OSC have the best overall survival, while OSC associated with Paget’s disease of the bone has the poorest overall survival.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-325
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number2
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2019

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