Vaginal recurrence more than 17 years after hysterectomy and adjuvant treatment for uterine carcinoma with successful salvage brachytherapy: A case report

Raphael Yechieli, Jared R. Robbins, Daniel Schultz, Adnan Munkarah, Mohamed A. Elshaikh

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Abstract

Purpose: Although the majority of recurrences occur within the first 3 years of hysterectomy for endometrioid carcinoma, we report herein a successful salvage vaginal brachytherapy in a patient with endometrioid uterine carcinoma which recurred more than 17 years after initial treatment. Materials and Methods: A 61-year-old female was diagnosed with endometrioid adenocarcinoma of the uterus and treated with TAH-BSO, followed by adjuvant external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) to the whole pelvis. After remaining free of any recurrent or metastatic disease for more than 17 years, she was diagnosed with isolated vaginal cuff recurrence and successfully treated with a salvage high-dose-rate intracavitary vaginal brachytherapy. Results: The patient remained disease free until her death from unrelated causes 7 years later. Conclusion: To the best of our knowledge, this case represents the longest time to recurrence of endometrial cancer in someone who had been treated with TAH-BSO and adjuvant pelvic EBRT. This case highlights that even with adjuvant therapy, late recurrences may occur, and successful salvage brachytherapy is very effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-245
Number of pages4
JournalCase Reports in Oncology
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Brachytherapy
  • Late recurrence
  • Salvage treatment
  • Uterine carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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