Cardiac Sarcoma Follow-up

Updated: Oct 15, 2015
  • Author: John H Raaf, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Further Outpatient Care

No specific guidelines for follow-up care have been established; however, because of the low postoperative survival rate (median survival, 6 mo), pay careful attention postoperatively to the patient's cardiopulmonary status and overall physical state.



Data from patients with primary cardiac sarcomas show that median survival is approximately 6 months. Histologic type does not affect prognosis. However, more than 10 mitoses per high-power field or necrosis is correlated with a poorer outcome. Longer survival is associated with left-sided lesions.