Elective segmental ureterectomy for transitional cell carcinoma of the ureter: Long-term follow-up in a series of 73 patients

Alchiede Simonato, V. Varca, A. Gregori, A. Benelli, M. Ennas, A. Lissiani, M. Gacci, S. De Stefani, M. Rosso, S. Benvenuto, G. Siena, E. Belgrano, F. Gaboardi, M. Carini, G. Bianchi, G. Carmignani

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES • To report the long-term oncological outcome in patients with transitional cell carcinoma of the ureter electively treated with kidney-sparing surgery. • To compare our data with the few series reported in the literature. PATIENTS AND METHODS • We considered 73 patients with transitional cell carcinoma of the distal ureter treated in five Italian Departments of Urology. • The following surgeries were carried out: 38 reimplantations on psoas hitch bladder (52%), 21 end-to-end anastomoses (28.8%), 11 direct ureterocystoneostomies (15.1%) and three reimplantations on Boari flap bladder (4.1%). • The median follow-up was 87 months. RESULTS • Tumours were pTa in 42.5% of patients, pT1 in 31.5%, pT2 in 17.8% and pT3 in 8.2%. • Recurrence of bladder urothelial carcinoma was found in 10 patients (13.7%) after a median time of 28 months. • The bladder recurrence-free survival at 5 years was 82.2%. • The overall survival at 5 years was 85.3% and the cancer-specific survival rate at 5 years was 94.1%. CONCLUSION • Our data show that segmental ureterectomy procedures do not result in worse cancer control compared with data in the literature regarding nephroureterectomy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBJU International
Volume110
Issue number11 B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Conservative treatment
  • Segmental ureterectomy
  • Transitional cell carcinoma
  • Upper urinary tract
  • Ureter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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