The Place of Radiotherapy in the Management of Desmoid Tumors
International Research Journal of Oncology,
The management of desmoid tumors has undergone changes in recent years including active surveillance for asymptomatic and non-progressive tumors. The place of radiotherapy is contested due to significant toxicity. Radiation therapy is offered as an alternative to surgery for tumors that are unresectable or whose removal exposes functional or life damage.
In view of the high recurrence potential, radiotherapy should also be discussed after surgery for desmoid tumors. Irradiation has shown its benefit in terms of local control for tumors whose excision is incomplete. Its place after full surgery is controversial.
Through this review of the literature, we propose to support the indications for radiotherapy in the management of desmoid tumors and to present its technical aspects.
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