Intermediate-term outcomes of robot-assisted laparoscopic nephroureterectomy in upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma

Sey Kiat Lim, Tae Young Shin, Kwang Hyun Kim, Byung Ha Chung, Sung Joon Hong, Young Deuk Choi, Koon Ho Rha

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Background: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the intermediate-term oncological outcomes after (RAL-NU) for UUT-UC. Patients and Methods: Between May 2007 and December 2010, 32 patients with UUT-UC underwent RAL-NU. Data were obtained from a prospectively maintained database. Results: Median patient age was 66.5 years. Final pathological stage was pathologic stage Ta (pTa) in 12.5% (n = 4) of patients, pT1 in 28.1% (n = 9), pT2 in 18.8% (n = 6), pT3 in 40.6% (n = 13), and pT4 in 0%. High-grade lesions were present in 81.2% (n = 26) of patients and multifocal disease was present in 25.0% (n = 8). Positive surgical margins occurred in 1 patient. Median follow-up was 45.5 months (range, 24-65). At 2 and 5 years, overall survival was 81.3% and 60.9%; cancer-specific survival was 87.3% and 75.8%, and nonurothelial recurrence-free survival was 71.5% and 68.1%, respectively. On univariate analysis, female sex, positive surgical margins, and pathological tumor stage pT2 and higher are associated with reduced recurrence-free survival (P =.035 and.011, respectively). On multivariate analysis, only female sex and pathological stage pT2 or higher were significant factors (P =.020 and.049, respectively). No factors were found to affect cancer-specific survival. Conclusion: To our knowledge, this represents the largest and longest follow-up after RAL-NU to date. Intermediate-term oncological outcomes seem comparable with those of open and laparoscopic nephroureterectomy. We recommend further larger studies with longer follow-up periods to further define the role of RAL-NU in the treatment of UUT-UC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-521
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Genitourinary Cancer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Oncological outcomes
  • Overall survival
  • Recurrence
  • TCC ureter
  • Transitional cell


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