A non-cancer-related survival benefit is associated with partial nephrectomy

Maxine Sun, Quoc Dien Trinh, Marco Bianchi, Jens Hansen, Nawar Hanna, Firas Abdollah, Shahrokh F. Shariat, Alberto Briganti, Francesco Montorsi, Paul Perrotte, Pierre I. Karakiewicz

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Background: Partial nephrectomy (PN) may better protect against other-cause mortality (OCM) when compared with radical nephrectomy (RN) in patients with localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Objective: Test the effect of treatment type on OCM. Design, setting, and participants: Using the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results-Medicare-linked database, 4956 RN patients (82%) and 1068 PN patients (18%) with T1a RCC were identified (1988-2005). Measurements: To adjust for inherent differences between treatment types, we relied on propensity-matched analyses. One-to-one matching was performed according to age, sex, race, baseline Charlson comorbidity index (CCI), baseline diagnosis of hypercalcemia and hyperlipidemia, socioeconomic status (SES), population density, tumor size, and year of surgery. The 2- and 5-yr OCM rates were computed using cumulative incidence. Univariable and multivariable competing-risks regression analyses for prediction of OCM were performed according to treatment type. Adjustment was made for cancer-specific mortality (CSM), patient age, CCI, sex, race, SES, tumor grade, and year of surgery. Results and limitations: Following propensity-based matching, 1068 RN patients were matched with 1068 PN patients. The 2- and 5-yr OCM rates after nephrectomy were 5.0% and 16.0% for PN versus 6.9% and 18.1% for RN, respectively. In the postpropensity multivariable analyses, patients who underwent PN were significantly less likely to die of OCM compared with their RN-treated counterparts (hazard ratio [HR]: 0.83; 95% confidence interval, 0.69-0.98; p = 0.04). Increasing age (HR: 1.08, p <0.001), higher CCI (HR: 1.14, p <0.001), female gender (HR: 0.79, p = 0.02), baseline hypercalcemia (HR: 2.05, p = 0.03), baseline hyperlipidemia (HR: 0.73, p = 0.003), and year of surgery (HR: 0.95, p = 0.003) were independent predictors of OCM. Conclusions: Compared with PN-treated patients, RN-treated patients are more likely to die of OCM after surgery, even after adjusting for CSM, as well as baseline CCI. Consequently, PN should be offered whenever technically feasible. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-731
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • Competing-risks
  • Other-cause mortality
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Radical nephrectomy
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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