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Cervical cancer in women aged 25 years or younger: a retrospective study

Authors Kong Y, Zong L, Yang J, Wu M, Xiang Y

Received 18 November 2018

Accepted for publication 27 January 2019

Published 6 March 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 2051—2058


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Lu-Zhe Sun

Yujia Kong, Liju Zong, Junjun Yang, Ming Wu, Yang Xiang

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Purpose: The incidence of cervical cancer in young women is increasing. This study aimed to analyze the clinicopathological characteristics, treatment, and prognoses of women aged ≤25 years with cervical cancer.
Patients and methods: Medical record data of 60 cervical cancer patients aged ≤25 years treated at Peking Union Medical College Hospital between January 1986 and December 2017 were reviewed. The overall survival rate was estimated using the Kaplan–Meier method. Prognosis-related risk factors were analyzed using univariate and multivariate analyses.
Results: Among the 60 patients, 44 (73.3%) were diagnosed with cervical carcinoma and 16 (26.7%) with cervical sarcoma. In the cervical carcinoma group, the most common histology was squamous cell carcinoma (n=22, 50.0%) followed by adenocarcinoma (n=18, 40.9%). Notably, clear cell carcinoma dominated cervical adenocarcinomas at 61.1% (11/18). In the cervical sarcoma group, embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma comprised 50% of the cases (8/16). A total of eleven patients with cervical carcinoma underwent fertility-sparing surgeries, and the live birth rate approached 66.7%. The estimated 5-year overall survival rate of the entire cohort was 79.8% with no statistically significant difference between the carcinoma and sarcoma groups (74.3% vs 93.3%, P=0.14). Stage (RR 6.71, 95% CI 1.366–32.970, P=0.019) and lymph node metastasis (RR 9.09, 95% CI 1.050–78.732, P=0.045) were independent risk factors for poor prognosis in those young patients with cervical carcinoma.
Conclusion: Adenocarcinoma and sarcoma of the cervix comprise the majority of cervical cancer in young women; their overall prognoses are not worse than older patients; the survival rates tend to vary widely according to histologic subtypes.

Keywords: cervical cancer, young women, histologic subtypes, fertility preservation, prognosis

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