More individuals in the CM group than in the control group had lung (54.2% vs 37.2%, P <.0001), bone (15.7% vs 10.8%, P <.046), and liver (9.8% vs 3.6%, P <.0017) metastases, respectively.

Plus, 73.5% of patients in the control arm received a targeted systemic treatment during their follow-up compared with only 47.4% in the CM group (P <.0001). Patients more likely to undergo a CM included those younger than 65 years, metastasis in only 1 location, and metachronous disease, which is consistent with prior studies, as mentioned previously.

In a matched cohort analysis, the authors matched 229 patients undergoing CM to 803 patients not treated with a CM (the control group). Median OS was significantly better in the CM group (81 months) compared with the control group (61 months, P <.001). There was a higher proportion of patients alive after 12 months in the CM group (96%) compared with matched controls (89.8%). There was also a higher 5-year OS in the CM group (63.2%) compared with the matched control group (51.4%, P <.001).

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A multivariate analysis found that patients undergoing CM had a lower risk of mortality compared with those who did not undergo CM (hazard ratio [HR], 0.41; 95% CI, 0.27-0.63). More than 1 site of metastasis was associated with an increased risk of death (HR, 3.64, 95% CI, 1.46-9.07).

The authors concluded that when compared with patients who did not undergo CM, those with CM had longer OS and longer time before starting systemic therapy. Therefore, the authors suggest that patients with mRCC should be strongly considered for CM. This study was limited by the inclusion of only Canadian patients, and the fact that it was an observational study, which could predispose the study to selection bias. 

This study has similar findings to a prior study conducted by Alt et al that evaluated a total of 887 patients with mRCC, of which 125 (14%) underwent CM.4 The authors did, however, group those patients who had incomplete metastasectomy with those not undergoing any type of metastasectomy. CM was associated with a significant increase in median CSS (4.8 years vs 1.3 years, P <.001). In addition, lack of CM was associated with an increased risk of death from RCC (HR, 2.91; 95% CI, 2.17-3.90, P <.001).

In patients with multiple non–lung-only metastases who underwent CM, there was a survival advantage with a 5-year CSS rate of 32.5% compared with 12.4% without complete resection (P <.001). Even patients with 3 or more metastatic lesions had improved CSS with CM. There was a significant benefit in 5-year CSS rates in those patients with only-lung metastases, where CM resulted in a 5-year CSS of 73.6% compared with 19% in those who did not undergo complete resection (P <.001).

The current study published by Dragomir et al does appear to provide similar results to prior studies. In appropriate patients with mRCC, CM should be strongly considered, especially in those patients younger than 65 years, those who have a single metastasis, and in those who have metastasis in the lung, specifically. CM has shown to improve clinical outcomes while delaying the need to initiate systemic therapy. The latter could have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life, as well as on the overall health care costs associated with systemic therapy. Future studies may aim to focus on these factors in patients undergoing CM.


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