Active Surveillance Effective in Testicular Cancer

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Late, advanced stage relapse rarely seen and are treatable with standard therapy.
Late, advanced stage relapse rarely seen and are treatable with standard therapy.

Active surveillance for clinical stage I (CSI) testicular cancer leads to excellent outcomes, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Christian Kollmannsberger, MD, from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues retrospectively studied data from 2,483 CSI patients: 1,139 CSI nonseminoma and 1,344 CSI seminoma managed with active surveillance. Most were treated between 1998 and 2010. The purpose of the study was to evaluate active surveillance as a management strategy and to acquire patient data regarding timing and type of relapse.

The researchers found that relapse occurred in 221 (19%t) CSI-nonseminoma and 173 (13%) CSI-seminoma patients. For lymphovascular invasion-positive CSI nonseminoma, the median time to relapse was 4 months, but was 8 months for lymphovascular invasion-negative CSI nonseminoma and 14 months for CSI seminoma.

Relapses were detected by computed tomography scan in 87% of seminoma recurrences, in 48% of lymphovascular invasion-negative patients, and 41% of lymphovascular invasion-positive patients, while tumor markers detected recurrences in 3%, 38%, and 61%, respectively.

There were 3 disease-related deaths in patients with CSI nonseminoma, while 1 patient with CSI seminoma and two patients with CSI nonseminoma died because of treatment-related events. Both early- and late-relapse patients had advanced disease. Standard therapy cured all late recurrences. Five-year disease-specific survival was 99.7%.

"These data may inform further refinement of rationally designed surveillance schedules," according to the investigators.

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