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The long-term outcome of treated high-risk nonmuscle-invasive bladder cancer
Time to change treatment paradigm?
Article first published online: 27 APR 2012
Copyright © 2012 American Cancer Society
Volume 118, Issue 22, pages 5525–5534, 15 November 2012
How to Cite
Thomas, F., Rosario, D. J., Rubin, N., Goepel, J. R., Abbod, M. F. and Catto, J. W. F. (2012), The long-term outcome of treated high-risk nonmuscle-invasive bladder cancer. Cancer, 118: 5525–5534. doi: 10.1002/cncr.27587
- Issue published online: 30 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 11 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 8 DEC 2011
- urothelial cancer;
The treatment of high-risk nonmuscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) is difficult given its unpredictable natural history and patient comorbidities. Because current case series are mostly limited in size, the authors report the outcomes from a large, single-center series.
The authors reviewed all patients with primary, high-risk NMIBC at their institution from 1994 to 2010. Outcomes were matched with clinicopathologic data. Patients who had muscle invasion within 6 months or had insufficient follow-up (<6 months) were excluded. Correlations were analyzed using multivariable Cox regression and log-rank analysis (2-sided; P < .05).
In total, 712 patients (median age, 73.7 years) were included. Progression to muscle invasion occurred in 110 patients (15.8%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 13%-18.3%) at a median of 17.2 months (interquartile range, 8.9-35.8 months), including 26.5% (95% CI, 22.2%-31.3%) of the 366 patients who had >5 years follow-up. Progression was associated with age (hazard ratio [HR], 1.04; P = .007), dysplastic urothelium (HR, 1.6; P = .003), urothelial cell carcinoma variants (HR, 3.2; P = .001), and recurrence (HR, 18.3; P < .001). Disease-specific mortality occurred in 134 patients (18.8%; 95% CI, 16.1%-21.9%) at a median of 28 months (interquartile range, 15-45 months), including 28.7% (95% CI, 24.5%-33.3%) of those who had 5 years of follow-up. Disease-specific mortality was associated with age (HR, 1.1; P < .001), stage (HR, 1.7; P = .003), dysplasia (HR, 1.3; P = .05), and progression (HR, 5.2; P < .001). Neither progression nor disease-specific mortality were associated with the receipt of bacillus Calmette-Guerin (P > .6).
Within a program of conservative treatment, progression of high-risk NMIBC was associated with a poor prognosis. Surveillance and bacillus Calmette-Guerin were ineffective in altering the natural history of this disease. The authors concluded that the time has come to rethink the paradigm of management of this disease. Cancer 2012. © 2012 American Cancer Society.