Critical evaluation of contemporary management in a new Pelvic Exenteration Unit: the first 25 consecutive cases

Min Hoe Chew, Yu-Ting Yeh, Ee-Lin Toh, Stephen Aditya Sumarli, Ghee Kheng Chew, Lui Shiong Lee, Mann Hong Tan, Tiffany Priyanthi Hennedige, Shin Yi Ng, Say Kiat Lee, Tze Tec Chong, Hairil Rizal Abdullah, Terence Lin Hon Goh, Mohamed Zulfikar Rasheed, Kok Chai Tan, Choong Leong Tang

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Aim: To critically appraise short-term outcomes in patients treated in a new Pelvic Exenteration (PE) Unit.

Methods: This retrospective observational study was conducted by analysing prospectively collected data for the first 25 patients (16 males, 9 females) who underwent PE for advanced pelvic tumours in our PE Unit between January 2012 and October 2016. Data evaluated included age, co-morbidities, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) status, preoperative adjuvant treatment, intra-operative blood loss, procedural duration, perioperative adverse event, lengths of intensive care unit (ICU) stay and hospital stay, and oncological outcome. Quantitative data were summarized as percentage or median and range, and statistically assessed by the χ2 test or Fisher’s exact test, as applicable.

Results: All 25 patients received comprehensive preoperative assessment via our dedicated multidisciplinary team approach. Long-course neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy was provided, if indicated. The median age of the patients was 61.9-year-old. The median ASA and ECOG scores were 2 and 0, respectively. The indications for PE were locally invasive rectal adenocarcinoma (n = 13), advanced colonic adenocarcinoma (n = 5), recurrent cervical carcinoma (n = 3) and malignant sacral chordoma (n = 3). The procedures comprised 10 total PEs, 4 anterior PEs, 7 posterior PEs and 4 isolated lateral PEs. The median follow-up period was 17.6 mo. The median operative time was 11.5 h. The median volume of blood loss was 3306 mL, and the median volume of red cell transfusion was 1475 mL. The median lengths of ICU stay and of hospital stay were 1 d and 21 d, respectively. There was no case of mortality related to surgery. There were a total of 20 surgical morbidities, which occurred in 12 patients. The majority of the complications were grade 2 Clavien-Dindo. Only 2 patients experienced grade 3 Clavien-Dindo complications, and both required procedural interventions. One patient experienced grade 4a Clavien-Dindo complication, requiring temporary renal dialysis without long-term disability. The R0 resection rate was 64%. There were 7 post-exenteration recurrences during the follow-up period. No statistically significant relationship was found among histological origin of tumour, microscopic resection margin status and postoperative recurrence (P = 0.67). Four patients died from sequelae of recurrent disease during follow-up.

Cconclusion: By utilizing modern assessment and surgical techniques, our PE Unit can manage complex pelvic cancers with acceptable morbidities, zero-rate mortality and equivalent oncologic outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-227
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Advanced pelvic tumour
  • Chordoma
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Oncological outcome
  • Pelvic exenteration
  • Sacrectomy


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