Survival Benefit of Repeat Local Treatment in Patients Suffering From Early Recurrence of Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastases

Tessa Hellingman*, Babette I. Kuiper, Laurien M. Buffart, Martijn R. Meijerink, Kathelijn S. Versteeg, Rutger-Jan Swijnenburg, Otto M. van Delden, Cornelis J. A. Haasbeek, Jan J. J. de Vries, Jan Hein T. M. van Waesberghe, Barbara M. Zonderhuis, Hans J. van der Vliet, Geert Kazemier

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Background: A uniform treatment strategy for patients suffering from early recurrence after local treatment of CRLM is currently lacking. The aim of this observational cohort study was to assess the potential survival benefit of repeat local treatment compared to systemic therapy in patients suffering from early recurrence of CRLM. Patients and Methods: Patients who developed recurrent CRLM within 12 months after initial local treatment with curative intent were retrospectively identified in Amsterdam University Medical Centers between 2009-2019. Differences in overall and progression-free survival among treatment strategies were assessed using multivariable Cox regression analyses. Results: A total of 135 patients were included. Median overall survival of 41 months [range 4-135] was observed in patients who received repeat local treatment, consisting of upfront or repeat local treatment after neoadjuvant systemic therapy, compared to 24 months [range 1-55] in patients subjected to systemic therapy alone (adjusted HR = 0.42 [95%-CI: 0.25-0.72]; P = .002). Prolonged progression-free survival was observed after neoadjuvant systemic therapy followed by repeat local treatment, as compared to upfront repeat local treatment in patients with recurrent CRLM within 4 months following initial local treatment of CRLM (adjusted HR = 0.36 [95%-CI: 0.15-0.86]; P = .021). Conclusion: Patients with early recurrence of CRLM should be considered for repeat local treatment strategies. A multimodality approach, consisting of neoadjuvant systemic therapy followed by repeat local treatment, appeared favorable in patients with recurrence within 4 months following initial local treatment of CRLM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e263-e272
JournalClinical Colorectal Cancer
Issue number4
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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