OBJECTIVES: To evaluate post-orchiectomy utilization of radiation therapy (RT) versus other management approaches in stage IIA and IIB testicular seminoma patients.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred and forty-one patients with stage IIA and IIB testicular seminoma were identified between 1988 and 2003 using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database.
RESULTS: Median follow-up was 10 years. Patients with stage IIA disease underwent RT more frequently than those with stage IIB disease (72 % vs. 46 %, respectively; P < 0.001). There was no significant change in RT utilization for stage IIA or IIB disease between 1988 and 2003 (P = 0.89).
CONCLUSIONS: Between 1988 and 2003, stage IIA patients underwent RT more often than stage IIB patients in the United States. There was no significant change in RT utilization for stage IIA or IIB disease during this time period. Based on reports describing excellent progression-free survival with cisplatin-based chemotherapy, this approach has increased in popularity since 2003 and may eventually become the most popular treatment approach for both stage IIA and IIB testicular seminoma.
Ahmed KA, Wilder RB. Are you the author?
Department of Radiation Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA.
Reference: Int Braz J Urol. 2015 Jan-Feb;41(1):78-85.