Clinicopathological and Prognostic Features of 67 Cases with Pulmonary Sarcomatoid Carcinoma: An 18-Year Single-Centre Experience

Ferhatoglu F., Amirov F., Ozkan B., Kara M., Toker A., Ak N., ...More

ONCOLOGY RESEARCH AND TREATMENT, no.11, pp.590-600, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000519454
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.590-600
  • Keywords: Survival, Sarcomatoid carcinoma, Epithelial-mesenchymal transition, Non-small-cell lung cancer, Biphasic tumour, CELL LUNG-CANCER, TTF-1 EXPRESSION, SPINDLE-CELL, CLASSIFICATION, BLASTOMA, MUTATION, IMPACT
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: Pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma (PSC) is a very rare subtype of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). It is frequently diagnosed in the advanced stage and is resistant to conventional chemotherapeutics. Due to the unique nature and rarity, we evaluated the epidemiological, clinicopathological, and survival data of PSC patients treated at our centre. Patients and Methods: We retrospectively collected demographic and clinical data of 67 PSC patients from a single tertiary referral hospital, between the 2000 and 2018. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to determine the risk factors affecting survival. Results: The median age was 61 years, and the percentage of male was 74.6%. Most of the patients had a smoking history (76.9%). The most common PSC subtype was pleomorphic carcinoma (46.3%). The median overall survival (OS) was 55.4 months, and the 5-year OS rate was 47.5%. Advanced stage, T4 tumour, and positive lymph node involvement were associated with poor OS (p < 0.05). The patients with negative epithelial markers had poorer prognosis (p = 0.027) and had more frequently stage IV disease (p = 0.016). Surgical treatment and stage IV disease were determined to be independent prognostic factors. Conclusion: PSC is an extremely rare and aggressive variant of NSCLC. Positive epithelial markers may have favourable prognostic significance in PSC. Resection of the tumour with a negative surgical margin is crucial for better survival. The prognosis of the disease is very poor in the metastatic stage.