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Carcinoma of the upper urinary tract: predictors of survival and competing causes of mortality.

Authors
  • Inman, Brant A
  • Tran, Viet-Tan
  • Fradet, Yves
  • Lacombe, Louis
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cancer
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2009
Volume
115
Issue
13
Pages
2853–2862
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/cncr.24339
PMID: 19434668
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the current study, stage and grade were found to be the 2 most important independent predictors of survival in patients with tumors of the upper urinary tract and were highly correlated. Pain or weight loss was found to be a novel predictor of survival in this cancer. Although a survival disadvantage was not noted for women, nephron-sparing surgery, ureteral tumors, or older patients with respect to cancer, competing causes of mortality were found to be responsible for greater than one-third of observed deaths and age was the best predictor of this occurrence.

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