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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 24-28

Delayed cystectomy for T 1 G 3 TCC of urinary bladder managed initially by TURBT & intravesical immunotherapy (BCG + interferon) rationale & our result

Safdarganj Hospital, New Delhi, India

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N K Mohanty
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Objectives: Management of pT 1 G 3 TCC of urinary bladder is always a dilemma for urologists due to its high recurrence & disease progression rate. We evaluated the role of conservative management for this subgroup with TURBT and intravesical immunotherapy; and delayed cystectomy for progressive disease with an aim to salvage bladder. Patients & Methods: Between Jan.1996 to Dec.2002, 66 patients (15%) of pT 1 G 3 , out of a total 440 patients of superficial bladder cancer treated in this department were subjected to low dose BCG (40mg) and Interferon 3 million IU intravesically with maintenance therapy after complete TURBT and followed up for average 60 months. The mean tumor free interval was 26 months & 18 months in superficial recurrences & muscle progression disease respectively. Delayed cystectomy being preserved only for disease progression patients and the mean period of delayed cystectomy was 24 months (18-30 months). Results: 19 patients (29%) had no tumor recurrence, 35 patients (53%) showed superficial recurrence and 12 patients (18%) progressed to higher stage at end of five year follow up thereby giving a disease progression free interval of 60 months in 82% of our patients. Five patients of disease progression group died due to metastatic disease process and 7 patients are alive after delayed cystectomy at the end of follow up. Side effects from intravesical therapy were confined to local irritative symptoms only. Conclusion: Our data only confirms the benefit of adjuvant intravesical low dose immunotherapy in management of pT 1 G 3 tumor after TURBT with bladder salvage in 82% of patients, simultaneously not compromising the survival rate.

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