Survival Outcomes After Cytoreductive Surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy in Patients with Synchronous Versus Metachronous Onset of Peritoneal Metastases of Colorectal Carcinoma

Michelle V. Dietz*, Job P. van Kooten, Ibrahim Said, Alexandra R. M. Brandt-Kerkhof, Cornelis Verhoef, Andreas J. A. Bremers, Johannes H. W. de Wilt, Philip R. de Reuver, Eva V. E. Madsen

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Background: Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a treatment option for peritoneal metastases (PM) from colorectal carcinoma (CRC). Because of considerable morbidity, optimal patient selection is essential. This study was designed to determine the impact of the onset of PM (synchronous vs. metachronous) on survival outcomes after CRS-HIPEC. Methods: Patients undergoing CRS-HIPEC for colorectal PM in two academic centers in the Netherlands between 2010 and 2020 were eligible for inclusion. Patients were classified as synchronous (s-PM, i.e., diagnosis at time of presentation, staging, or primary surgery) or metachronous onset (m-PM, i.e., diagnosis during follow-up) of colorectal PM. Survival outcomes were compared between groups by Kaplan–Meier survival and Cox regression analyses. Results: Of 390 included patients, 179 (45.9%) had synchronous onset of colorectal PM. These patients more often presented with higher TN-stage and poor differentiation/signet cell histology. Treatment with perioperative chemotherapy was more common in s-PM patients. m-PM patients experienced more serious postoperative complications (Clavien-Dindo ≥ III). There was no significant difference in disease-free survival (DFS) between s-PM (median 9 months, interquartile range [IQR] 5–15) and m-PM patients (median 8 months, IQR 5–17). Overall survival (OS) was significantly shorter for s-PM (median 28 months, IQR 11–48) versus m-PM patients (median 33 months, IQR 18–66, p = 0.049). Synchronous onset of PM was not independently associated with OS in a multivariable analysis. Conclusions: Synchronous onset of colorectal PM was associated with poor tumor characteristics and more advanced disease, but was not an independent predictor of survival outcomes after CRS-HIPEC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6566-6576
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Surgical Oncology
Issue number11
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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