Provider views on the management of Ewing sarcoma of the spine and pelvis

Chong Zhu, Kristofor A. Olson, Michael Roth, David S. Geller, Richard G. Gorlick, Jonathan Gill, Nadia N. Laack, R. L. Randall

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Background: Curative therapy for ES requires both chemotherapy and local control of primary tumor. There is no universally accepted standard approach to local control modalities. This survey was conducted to determine practice patterns and factors influencing the choice to offer various local control modalities to patients with ES of the spine and pelvis. Methods: The survey consisted of four scenarios involving a 15-year-old girl who presented with Ewing sarcoma of thoracic vertebra, sacrum, iliac wing, and acetabulum with or without neurologic compromise. The questionnaire was sent to oncologists, orthopedic surgeons, and radiation oncologists, asking their recommendations for local control modality. Results: Among 94 respondents, radiotherapy was most frequently chosen for sacral tumors (68.1%) and T10 vertebral tumors (46.2%) whereas surgery was preferred for iliac wing pelvic tumors (45.7%) and acetabular tumors (43.6%). Orthopedic surgeons were significantly more likely to offer surgery than radiation oncologists (OR 3.07, 95%CI 1.37-6.88, P = 0.007). Providers outside North America were more likely to offer combined surgery plus radiotherapy (OR 10.58, 95%CI 5.41-20.70, P < 0.001). Conclusion: Considerable heterogeneity exists in local control modalities for Ewing sarcoma of the spine and pelvis. Specialty and location of practice may influence treatment recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-424
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Ewing sarcoma
  • local control
  • pelvis
  • practice pattern
  • spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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