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Association of a Prophylactic surgical approach to Stage IV Small Intestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors with Survival.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery.
Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Miami, Florida, USA.
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Abstract [en]

Importance: Primary tumor resection and mesenteric lymph node dissection in asymptomatic patients with stage IV Small Intestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors (SI-NETs) is controversial.

 

Objective:  To determine whether locoregional surgery performed at diagnosis in asymptomatic SI-NETs patients with distant metastases affects overall survival (OS), morbidity and mortality, length of hospital stay (LOS) and re-operation rates.

 

Design: This investigation was a cohort study of asymptomatic patients with stage IV SI-NET, diagnosed between 1985 and 2015, using the prospective Uppsala database of SI-NETs and the Swedish National Patient Register. Patients included were followed until May 2016 and divided to a first group, which underwent Prophylactic Upfront Surgery within six months from diagnosis Combined with Oncological treatment (PUSCO group) and a second group, which was either treated non-surgically or operated later (Delayed Surgery As Needed Combined with Oncological treatment [DSANCO group]).

 

Setting: A tertiary referral center with follow-up data from the Swedish National Patient Register.

 

Participants: We included 363 stage IV SI-NET patients without any abdominal symptoms within 6 months from diagnosis, treated either with PUSCO (n=161) or DSANCO (n=202).

Exposure: PUSCO vs DSANCO.

 

Main Outcomes and Measures: Overall survival (OS), length of hospital stay (LOS), postoperative morbidity and mortality and re-operation rates measured from baseline. Propensity score match was performed between the two groups.

 

Results: Two isonumerical groups (n=91) occurred after propensity score matching. There was no difference between groups in OS (PUSCO median 7.9 vs DSANCO 7.6 years; [hazard ratio] HR, 0.98; [95% CI, 0.70-1.37]; log-rank P=.93) and cancer-specific survival (median 7.7 vs 7.6 years, HR, 0.99; [95%CI, 0.71-1.40]; log-rank P=.99). There was no difference in 30-day mortality (0% in both matched groups) or postoperative morbidity (2% vs 1%; P>.99), LOS (median 73 vs 76 days; P=.64), LOS due to local tumor-related symptoms (median 7 vs 11.5 days; P=.81) or incisional hernia repairs (4% in both groups; P>.99).  Patients from the PUSCO group underwent more re-operative procedures (14%) compared to the DSANCO group (3%) due to intestinal obstruction (P< .001).

 

Conclusion: Prophylactic upfront locoregional surgery confers no survival advantage in asymptomatic stage IV SI-NET patients. Delayed surgery as needed seems to be comparable in all examined outcomes, whilst offering the advantage of less re-operations for intestinal obstruction.  The value of a priori locoregional surgery in the presence of distant metastases is challenged and needs to be elucidated in a randomized controlled study.

 

Keyword [en]
Small Intestinal NETs, prophylactic loco-regional surgery, stage IV
National Category
Clinical Medicine
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-330702OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-330702DiVA: diva2:1146568
Available from: 2017-10-21 Created: 2017-10-03 Last updated: 2017-10-24
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1. Small Intestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors: Clinical Studies, Novel Serum Biomarkers and Sensitivity to Cytotoxic and Targeted Agents
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Small Intestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors: Clinical Studies, Novel Serum Biomarkers and Sensitivity to Cytotoxic and Targeted Agents
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Small Intestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors (SI-NETs) are indolent neoplasms with an increasing annual incidence of approximately 1/100 000 people. They are often diagnosed at a late stage, restricting treatment efficacy. The aim of this thesis was to investigate clinical aspects of patients with advanced and/or disseminated disease with regard to clinical signs and management of abdominal fibrosis, the role of locoregional surgery and liver transplantation, as well as the ex vivo sensitivity of tumor samples to cytotoxic and targeted agents. Additionally, novel serum biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of SI-NETs were investigated. In Paper I, abdominal fibrosis induced by serotonin and other cytokines from tumor cells, was associated with clinically significant symptoms of intestinal ischemia and/or obstructive uropathy, and was linked to advanced disease. Prompt recognition and minimally invasive intervention with superior mesenteric vein stenting and/or percutaneous nephrostomy and J stent treatment were effective in disease palliation. Paper II challenged the role of prophylactic, upfront locoregional surgery in Stage IV, which conferred no survival advantage in asymptomatic SI-NET patients. The option of delayed surgery as needed seemed to be comparable in all the outcomes examined, whilst also offering the advantage of fewer re-operations for intestinal obstruction in patients with already disseminated disease. Paper III confirmed that most young patients (<65 years) with SI-NET and liver metastases had a favorable survival with standardized multimodality treatment and that survival figures reported after liver transplantation for NETs do not surpass these figures. In Paper IV, 145 biomarkers were analyzed in blood serum using two different multiplex proximity assays. Subsequent ELISA and immunohistochemical analyses identified DcR3, TFF3 and midkine as novel serum biomarkers for SI-NETs. In Paper V, SI-NET samples were profiled with respect to sensitivity ex vivo to a panel of standard chemotherapeutics and targeted agents using a short-term total cell kill assay. SI-NETs exhibited variable but generally intermediate sensitivity ex vivo compared with other cancer diagnoses, calling for individualized selection of therapy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017. 84 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1386
Keyword
SI-NET, fibrosis, locoregional surgery, liver transplantation, biomarkers, ex vivo sensitivity.
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Clinical Medicine
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-330554 (URN)978-91-513-0113-6 (ISBN)
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2017-12-08, Rosénsalen, Akademiska sjukhuset, ing 95-96, Uppsala, 09:00 (Swedish)
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