Outcome of patients with osteosarcoma over 40 years of age: is angiogenesis a marker of survival?
Eugene TH Ek, Joseline Ojaimi, Yasuyuki Kitagawa, Peter FM Choong
Int Semin Surg Oncol | Published : 2006
BACKGROUND: Osteosarcoma predominantly afflicts young people in their second and third decades of life. When osteosarcoma arises in patients older than 40 years, the prognosis is usually poorer compared to their younger counterparts. Although the clinical, histopathologic features and prognostic indicators are well defined for young patients, much less is known about affected adults. The purpose of this study is to describe our institution's experience with the management of osteosarcoma in patients greater than 40 years and also evaluate, by immunohistochemical analysis, the prognostic significance of microvessel density, as a marker of intratumoural angiogenesis. METHODS: A retrospective c..View full abstract