Oncological outcomes of high-grade T1 non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer treatment in octogenarians.

To evaluate the outcomes of high-grade T1 non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer treatment (NMIBC) in elderly patients over 80 years of age.

This is a retrospective single tertiary-centre study.

Medical records of patients with T1 high-grade NMIBC treated with transurethral resection of the bladder tumour (TURBT) were reviewed. Among 269 patients with high-grade T1 NMIBC, 74 individuals were over 80 years of age at the time of surgery. Finally, 67 patients met the inclusion criteria.

Only 47.8% of patients (N = 32) received at least five of the six instillations of the BCG immunotherapy induction course. Oncological outcomes were compared between patients who received at least the induction course of BCG and non-BCG-treated patients matched to each other based on age and Charlson comorbidity index. Thirty case-control pairs were included in the final analysis. Rates of disease recurrence (80% vs. 53%) and cancer-specific mortality (40% vs. 10%) were significantly higher in the group of patients who did not receive BCG. BCG therapy, Charlson comorbidity index, haemoglobin concentration and the number of tumours > 3 in TURBT constituted independent prognostic factors for cancer-specific survival (CSS).

BCG should be strongly recommended to patients with T1HG NMIBC despite advanced age and comorbidities. Already BCG induction improves CSS and reduces the recurrence rate in octogenarians with T1HG bladder cancer.

International urology and nephrology. 2021 Apr 26 [Epub ahead of print]

Aleksander Ślusarczyk, Karolina Garbas, Piotr Zapała, Łukasz Zapała, Piotr Radziszewski

Department of General, Oncological and Functional Urology, Medical University of Warsaw, Lindleya 4, 02-005, Warsaw, Poland., Department of General, Oncological and Functional Urology, Medical University of Warsaw, Lindleya 4, 02-005, Warsaw, Poland. .

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