AIM: The aim of this study was to estimate nationally the survival of children, adolescents, and young adults with head and neck soft tissue sarcomas.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors included patients aged 0 to 21 years and diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) or nonrhabdomyosarcoma soft tissue sarcoma (NRSTS) located in the head and neck between 1980 and 2014. Survival probabilities were estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method. The authors estimated the effect of covariates with univariate and multivariate Cox regression analyses. The cumulative recurrence in RMS was estimated when considering death as a competing risk.

RESULTS: We identified 72 patients (50% male individuals, whereas 72% had RMS). Elder patients (older than 15 y) did worse compared with younger patients (log-rank test P=0.001). Patients diagnosed from 1980 to 1999 did worse than patients diagnosed from 2000 to 2014 (log-rank test P=0.02). Similarly, younger (younger than 15 y) patients did significantly better when diagnosed from 2000 to 2014 with reference to those diagnosed from 1980 to 1999 (log-rank test P=0.026). The multivariate hazard ratio was 0.46 (95% confidence interval, 0.23-0.92) for patients diagnosed from 2000 to 2014 with reference to patients diagnosed from 1980 to 1999. The 1-year cumulative recurrence for RMS was 21.2% (95% confidence interval, 12.3%-35.0%).

CONCLUSION: Overall survival has improved throughout the study period, which is attributable to advancement in diagnostics, treatment, and the application of standardized guidelines from international protocols.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)175-180
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • head and neck
  • Key Words:
  • nonrhabdomyosarcoma
  • rhabdomyosarcoma
  • soft tissue sarcoma
  • survival analysis


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