Wilms tumor treatment outcomes: Perspectives from a low-income setting

Festus Njuguna*, Hugo A. Martijn, Robert Tenge Kuremu, Peter Saula, Patel Kirtika, Gilbert Olbara, Sandra Langat, Steve Martin, Jodi Skiles, Terry Vik, Gertjan J.L. Kaspers, Saskia Mostert

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Abstract

Purpose Wilms tumor is the commonest renal malignancy in childhood. Survival in high-income countries is approximately 90%, whereas in low-income countries, it is less than 50%. This study assessed treatment outcomes of patients with Wilms tumor at a Kenyan academic hospital. Patients and Methods We conducted a retrospective medical record review of all children diagnosed with Wilms tumor between 2010 and 2012. Data on treatment outcomes and various sociodemographic and clinical characteristics were collected. Results Of the 39 patients with Wilms tumor, 41% had event-free survival, 31% abandoned treatment, 23% died, and 5% had progressive or relapsed disease. Most patients presented at an advanced stage: stage I (0%), II (7%), III (43%), IV (40%), or V (10%). The most likely treatment outcome in patients with low-stage (I to III) disease was event-free survival (67%), whereas in those with high-stage (IV to V) disease, it was death (40%). No deaths or instances of progressive or relapsed disease were recorded among patients with low-stage disease; their only reason for treatment failure was abandonment of treatment. Stage of disease significantly affected treatment outcomes (P 5 .014) and event-free survival estimates (P < .001). Age at diagnosis, sex, duration of symptoms, distance to hospital, and health insurance status did not statistically significantly influence treatment outcomes or event-free survival estimates. Conclusion Survival of patients with Wilms tumor in Kenya is lower compared with that in high-income countries. Treatment abandonment is the most common cause of treatment failure. Stage of disease at diagnosis statistically significantly affects treatment outcomes and survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-562
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Global Oncology
Volume3
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

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