The importance of chemotherapy and radiation in uterine papillary serous carcinoma

Akila N. Viswanathan, Eric A. MacKlin, Ross Berkowitz, Ursula Matulonis

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Purpose: To identify prognostic and predictive factors of overall survival (OS), relapse-free survival (RFS) and toxicity for patients with uterine papillary serous carcinoma (UPSC). Materials and methods: Patient, tumor, treatment and relapse characteristics of 135 women with Stages I-IVA UPSC treated between 1980 and 2006 at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) were analyzed using Cox regression models to determine prognostic and predictive factors for OS, RFS and toxicity. Results: Mean follow-up was 5.5 years (range, 0.01-25.2). Median 5-year OS was 52%, and RFS was 42% for all patients. On Cox regression analysis, increasing age, stage, and myometrial invasion were prognostic factors associated with shorter OS and RFS. A paclitaxel-platinum chemotherapy regimen was significantly associated with longer OS (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.34, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.15-0.74, p = 0.007) and RFS (HR = 0.45, 95% CI 0.22-0.92, p = 0.03). RFS was improved for patients treated with RT (HR = 0.44, 95% CI 0.25-0.77, p = 0.004). The 5-year grade 3+ toxicity rate was 3.5% for those who received RT and was 2.9% for those who did not (p = NS). Conclusion: Uterine papillary serous cancer can be an aggressive tumor type with a poor prognosis. RFS was improved by radiation and chemotherapy with few grade 3 or higher complications. Using radiation and paclitaxel-platinum chemotherapy should be attempted whenever feasible for patients with UPSC who do not have distant metastases at diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-547
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Uterine papillary serous cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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