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Original Article Type and Incidence of Soft Tissue Sarcomas in Korea: 2001-2007.
Kyung Un Choi, Hae Youn Kang, Heasoo Koo, Mi Seon Kwon, Dong Hoon Kim, Mi Jung Kim, Su Jin Kim, Young Sill Kim, Chul Hwan Kim, Yong Koo Park, Hye Rim Park, Seung Sam Paik, Jin Young Yoo, Anhi Lee, Jae Hyuk Lee, Hyekyung Lee, Kyu Yun Jang, Young Chae Chu, Joon Hyuk Choi
Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine 2011;45(6):557-563
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4132/KoreanJPathol.2011.45.6.557
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1Department of Pathology, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea. kuchoi@pusan.ac.kr
2Research Institute of Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea.
3Department of Pathology, CHA Bundang Medical Center, Seongnam, Korea.
4Department of Pathology, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
5Department of Pathology, Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan, Korea.
6Department of Pathology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
7Department of Pathology, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
8Department of Pathology, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea.
9Department of Pathology, Jeju National University Hospital, Jeju, Korea.
10Department of Pathology, Korea University Anam Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
11Department of Pathology, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
12Department of Pathology, Hallym University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
13Department of Pathology, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
14Department of Pathology, St. Vincent Hospital, Suwon, Korea.
15Department of Pathology, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
16Department of Pathology, Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital, Hwasun, Korea.
17Department of Pathology, Eulji University, Daejeon, Korea.
18Department of Pathology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea.
19Department of Pathology, Inha University, Incheon, Korea.
20Department of Pathology, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea.

The Korean Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Study Group of the Korean Society of Pathologists conducted a nationwide retrospective analysis of soft tissue sarcoma (STS) to provide the clinicopathologic characteristics of STS within the population of the Republic of Korea.
The cases of STS were collected during a 7-year period (2001-2007) from 19 institutes in Korea. All cases were classified according to the histologic criteria proposed by the World Health Organization. Clinicopathologic data were reviewed.
Data from 722 patients (median age, 50 years) were collected. Data showed a slight male predominance. The most frequent types of STS in decreasing order were liposarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, leiomyosarcoma, and synovial sarcoma. STS occurred throughout the body, although approximately half (47.8%) were located in the extremities. The majority of STS was histologically classified as high grade with a large tumor size (>5 cm). The overall survival rate for the patients was 76.3% (median follow-up time, 26 months; range, 1 to 89 months). Histologic grade, tumor size, American Joint Committee on Cancer stage, tumor site, and resection status were prognostic. Significant independent adverse prognostic factors were large tumor size (>5 cm) and tumor site other than extremities.
We reported the distribution and characteristics of STS in the Republic of Korea.

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