Risk Factors for Late RCC Recurrence Identified
Patients with these risk factors should be followed up for the rest of their lives, according to the researchers.
These factors include patient age 60 years or greater, Fuhrman grade 3 or 4, and pathologic stage pT2 or higher, according to study findings published online ahead of print in Cancer Research and Treatment.
“We propose that patients with these risk factors should be followed up for the rest of their lives,” concluded a team led by Seung Hyun Jeon, MD, PhD, of Kyung Hee University Medical Center in Seoul, Korea.
The study included 225 patients who underwent nephrectomy for localized RCC and had a minimum recurrence-free survival of 5 years. Patients who experienced recurrence beyond 5 years after nephrectomy were considered a late recurrence group. Of the 225 patients, 14 experienced late recurrence.