Discerning Patterns and Quality of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Use Among Patients with Muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer.

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is underutilized in bladder cancer patients who undergo radical cystectomy. However, the quality of regimens used in this setting remains largely unknown.

To determine utilization treatment patterns and survival outcomes according to regimens administered.

We used the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)-Medicare linked database to identify patients diagnosed with clinical stage TII-IV bladder cancer from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2011.

Temporal trends were assessed using the Cochran-Armitage test. Multivariable logistic regression models were used to identify predictors for neoadjuvant chemotherapy use. Cox proportional hazards models were used to compare overall survival according to regimens administered.

Of 2738 patients treated with radical cystectomy, 344 (12.6%) received neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The agents most commonly used were gemcitabine (72.3%), cisplatin (55.2%), and carboplatin (31.1%). The regimens most commonly used were gemcitabine-cisplatin (45.3%), gemcitabine-carboplatin (24.1%), and methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin, and cisplatin (M-VAC; 6.7%). Use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy more than tripled during the study period, from 5.7% in 2001 to 17.3% in 2011 (p<0.001). The quality of the regimen administered impacted survival outcomes, as M-VAC use was significantly associated with better overall survival among patients diagnosed with stage II bladder cancer (hazard ratio 0.24, 95% confidence interval 0.07-0.86; p=0.030]. Limitations include the limited ability of retrospective analysis to control for selection bias.

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy was underused, and the quality of neoadjuvant chemotherapy regimens administered for bladder cancer was inconsistent with guideline recommendations. These findings are important when interpreting population-based data on the use of chemotherapy and extrapolating survival outcomes.

In a large population-based study, 12.6% of patients undergoing radical cystectomy for bladder cancer received neoadjuvant chemotherapy, half of whom received guideline-recommended regimens. The quality of the regimen impacted survival outcomes, as use of cisplatin-based chemotherapy was significantly associated with better overall survival among patients diagnosed with stage II bladder cancer. However, <1% of radical cystectomy patients received this regimen.

European urology oncology. 2018 Aug 17 [Epub ahead of print]

Jinhai Huo, Mohamed D Ray-Zack, Yong Shan, Karim Chamie, Stephen A Boorjian, Preston Kerr, Bagi Jana, Stephen J Freedland, Ashish M Kamat, Hemalkumar B Mehta, Stephen B Williams

Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA., Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA., Department of Urology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA., Department of Urology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA., Department of Hematology and Oncology, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA., Department of Urology, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA., Department of Urology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA., Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA. Electronic address: .

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