Vol. 43 (3): 432-439, May – June, 2017]

doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2015.0118


Brandon J. Manley 1, Eric H. Kim 1, Joel M. Vetter 1, Aaron M. Potretzke 1, Seth A. Strope 1
1 Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Urology, St. Louis, Missouri, USA




Objectives: To further elucidate which patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) may benefit from cytoreductive nephrectomy (CN) before targeted therapy (TT), and to assess the overall survival of patients undergoing CN and TT versus TT alone.

Materials and Methods: We identified 88 patients who underwent CN at our institu­tion prior to planned TT and 35 patients who received TT without undergoing CN. Preoperative risk factors described in the literature were assessed in our patient popu­lation (serum albumin, liver metastasis, symptomatic metastasis, clinical ≥T3 disease, retroperitoneal and supradiaphragmatic lymphadenopathy). Patients were stratified by number of pretreatment risk factors and overall survival (OS) was compared.

Results: TT patients had significantly more risk factors compared to CN patients (3.06 vs. 2.11, p<0.01). Patients who received TT alone had median OS of 5.8 months. All but one patient receiving TT alone had two or more risk factors. A comparison of the CN and TT groups was performed by constructing Kaplan-Meier curves. There was no significant difference in median OS for those patients with exactly two risk factors (447 vs. 389 days, p=0.24), and those with three or more risk factors (184 vs. 155 days, p=0.87).

Conclusions: Using previously described pretreatment risk factors we found that patients with two or more risk factors derived no significant survival advantage from CN in the TT era. These risk factors should be incorporated in the assessment of patients for CN.

Keywords: Carcinoma, Renal Cell; Kidney Neoplasms; Nephrectomy; Risk Factors; Comorbidity

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