Superficial tumors of the bladder: prognostic value of the free of disease period
Sánchez de la Muela P, Aguera Fernández L, De Castro Barbosa F, Isa Kroon WA, Ucar Terrén A, Robles García JE, Berián Polo JM.
We study retrospectively 123 cases of patients suffering from Ta/T1/T2 vesical tumour so as to evaluate the Disease Free Period as a predictive factor of relapse potential, capability of progression and survival.
This parameter has no influence over the variables that define the progression of the tumour, but it has a close correlation with relapse potential; Annual Relapse Rate (p less than 0.001) and Mean Interval between Relapses (p less than 0.0001). We were not able to show any relationship between Disease-Free Period and Survival, however it defines those tumours which relapse due to tumoural persistence.
These tumours progress in stage in 80% of cases and 75% of these do so with deep tumours.
CITATION Actas Urol Esp. 1990 Jan-Feb;14(1):8-13