Extended ray resection for sarcoma of the hand: long-term survival and functional results
In this retrospective study, we analysed the long-term oncological and functional results after extended ray resection for sarcoma of the hand. Recurrence-free and overall survivals were calculated using the Kaplan–Meier method. The function of the operated hand was assessed with the Michigan Hand Questionnaire and compared with the contralateral side. Extended ray resection was performed in 25 out of 168 consecutive patients with soft-tissue and bony sarcomas of the hand. The overall 5- and 10-year, disease-specific survival rates were 86% and 81%, respectively. Local recurrences were observed in two patients. The Michigan Hand Questionnaire score for the affected hand at follow-up in nine patients was 82 points versus 95 for the healthy contralateral hands. We conclude that extended ray resection of osseous sarcomas breaking through the bone into the soft tissue or for soft tissue sarcomas invading bone is a preferable alternative to hand ablation when excision can be achieved with tumour-free margins.