Management of early endometrial carcinoma is controversial in regard to timing and indication of adjunctive radiation therapy. Two hundred eighty patients with stage I carcinoma of the endometrium are analyzed: 135 patients were treated with surgery only and 61 patients underwent preoperative and 83 patients postoperative radiation therapy. The overall survival was 94%. Recurrence rates in all three treatment arms were equal. Tumor grade was found to change from the diagnostic D&C specimen to the definite surgical specimen in 31% of all cases and in 50% of all grade 3 lesions. As only 39% of all patients required post-operative radiation therapy with equal survival, a primary surgical approach spares the majority of patient unnecessary treatment and preserves prognostically important histology.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology