Purpose: We evaluated the efficacy of a single early intravesical instillation of pirarubicin (THP) in the prevention of bladder recurrence after nephroureterectomy for upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma (UUT-UC). Patients and Methods: From December 2005 to November 2008, 77 patients clinically diagnosed with UUT-UC from 11 institutions participating in the Tohoku Urological Evidence-Based Medicine Study Group were preoperatively enrolled in this study. Patients were randomly assigned to receive or not receive a single instillation of THP (30 mg in 30 mL of saline) into the bladder within 48 hours after nephroureterectomy. Cystoscopy and urinary cytology were repeated every 3 months for 2 years or until the occurrence of first bladder recurrence. Results: Seventy-two patients were evaluable for efficacy analysis, 21 of whom had a subsequent bladder recurrence. Significantly fewer patients who received THP had a recurrence compared with the control group (16.9% at 1 year and 16.9% at 2 years in the THP group v 31.8% at 1 year and 42.2% at 2 years in the control group; log-rank P = .025). No remarkable adverse events were observed in the THP-treated group. Based on multivariate analysis, THP instillation (hazard rate [HR], 0.26; 95% CI, 0.07 to 0.91; P = .035) and open surgery (HR, 0.28; 95% CI, 0.09 to 0.84; P = .024) were independently predictive of a reduced incidence of bladder recurrence. Conclusion: In this prospective randomized phase II study, a single intravesical instillation of THP seemed to reduce bladder recurrence after nephroureterectomy. A phase III, large-scale, multicenter study is needed to confirm these observations.
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- Cancer Research