Treatment outcomes for small cell carcinoma of the bladder: results from a UK patient retrospective cohort study.
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<h4>Background</h4>Small cell carcinoma of the bladder (SCCB) is rare, accounting for under 1% of all bladder carcinomas. It is aggressive and outcomes are poor due to early metastatic spread. Owing to its rarity, there are limitations on data to propose standardised management pathways.<h4>Patients and methods</h4>We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients presenting with pure or predominant histology SCCB to 26 UK institutions between 2006 and 2016. Data cut-off date was 1/2/2018. We report on patient characteristics, treatment received and subsequent clinical outcomes.<h4>Results</h4>409 eligible patients were included. 306 (74.8%) were male, median age was 71 years (range 35-96) and 189 (46.2%) had pure histology SCCB. At data cut-off, 301 patients (73.6%) have died. Median overall survival (OS) was 15.9 (95% confidence interval (CI) 13.2-18.7) months. 200 patients (48.9%), were confirmed to have bladder confined disease (N0 M0), with a median OS of 28.3 (95% CI 20.9-35.8) months, versus 12.7 (95% CI 10.9-14.6) months for 172 (42.1%) patients with confirmed N1-3 and/or M1 disease (hazard ratio 2.03, 95% CI 1.58-2.60, p=<0.001). 247 patients (61.5%) received primary chemotherapy, with a median OS of 21.6 (95% CI 15.5-27.6) months, versus 9.1 (95% CI 5.4-12.8) months in those who did not (HR 0.46, 95%CI 0.37-0.59, p=<0.001). Choice of chemotherapy agent did not alter outcomes. For those with bladder confined disease, 61 patients (30.5%) had cystectomy and 104/200 (52.0%) had radiotherapy. Survival outcomes were similar despite choice of cystectomy or radiotherapy. Only 6 patients (1.5%) were identified to have brain metastases at any time point.<h4>Conclusions</h4>This is the largest retrospective study of all stage SCCB to date. Patients have a poor prognosis overall but with improved survival in those able to receive chemotherapy and with organ confined disease. Brain metastases are rare.
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International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics, 2021