Trimodality Treatment for Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer: An Institutional Experience

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Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 May 20;6(5):100718. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2021.100718. eCollection 2021 Sep-Oct.


PURPOSE: As an alternative to radical cystectomy, tri-modality treatment (TMT) is an effective treatment approach for selected patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC). The purpose of this report is to contribute to the literature by summarizing institutional outcomes of a bladder-preserving TMT approach for patients with MIBC.

METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients treated with TMT for MIBC from 1998 to 2019 were identified. Patient, disease, and treatment factors were recorded. Overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), and bladder-preserved DFS were estimated with the Kaplan-Meier method. Prognostic factors were evaluated with Cox proportional hazards regression.

RESULTS: Thirty-two patients treated with TMT to a median dose of 64.8 Gy for T2 (78%), T3 (19%), and T4 (3%) disease were followed for a median of 19 months (mean, 36; range, 6-213); 31% had associated carcinoma in situ; 25% had associated hydronephrosis. Cisplatin was the most commonly used chemotherapeutic agent. OS rates were 84% at 1 year and 61% at 5 years. DFS rates were 84% and 61% and bladder-preserved DFS rates were 84% and 60% at 1 year and 5 years, respectively. Salvage cystectomy rates at 1 year and 5 years were 4% and 9%, respectively. Four patients had locally invasive recurrences at 8, 11, 34, and 37 months after initial MIBC diagnosis, 2 of whom underwent salvage radical cystectomy. Ten (31%) patients developed distant disease at a median of 13 months after diagnosis. Unlike local recurrence, distant recurrences were associated with worse OS and hazard ratios of 3.4 (P = 0.039).

CONCLUSIONS: OS and DFS were comparable to those of published data. Our outcomes support TMT as an effective option for carefully selected patients with MIBC.

PMID:34286164 | PMC:PMC8273199 | DOI:10.1016/j.adro.2021.100718