Outcomes of Wilms tumor treatment in western Kenya

Aniek Uittenboogaard, Festus Njuguna, Saskia Mostert, Sandra Langat, Mirjam E. van de Velde, Gilbert Olbara, Terry A. Vik, Gertjan J.L. Kaspers

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Background/objectives: Wilms tumor (WT) is a curable type of cancer with 5-year survival rates of over 90% in high-income countries, whereas this is less than 50% in low- and middle-income countries. We assessed treatment outcomes of children with WT treated at a large Kenyan teaching and referral hospital. Design/methods: We conducted a retrospective record review of children diagnosed with WT between 2013 and 2016. Treatment protocol consisted of 6 weeks of preoperative chemotherapy and surgery, and 4–18 weeks of postoperative chemotherapy depending on disease stage. Probability of event-free survival (pEFS) and overall survival (pOS) was assessed using Kaplan–Meier method with Cox regression analysis. Competing events were analyzed with cumulative incidences and Fine–Gray regression analysis. Results: Of the 92 diagnosed patients, 69% presented with high-stage disease. Two-year observed EFS and OS were, respectively, 43.5% and 67%. Twenty-seven percent of children died, 19% abandoned treatment, and 11% suffered from progressive or relapsed disease. Patients who were diagnosed in 2015–2016 compared to 2013–2014 showed higher pEFS. They less often had progressive or relapsed disease (p =.015) and borderline significant less often abandonment of treatment (p =.09). Twenty-nine children received radiotherapy, and 2-year pEFS in this group was 86%. Conclusion: Outcome of children with WT improved over the years despite advanced stage at presentation. Survival probabilities of patients receiving comprehensive therapy including radiation are approaching those of patients in high-income countries. Additional improvement could be achieved by ensuring that patients receive all required treatment and working on earlier diagnosis strategies.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)e29503
TijdschriftPediatric Blood and Cancer
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusGepubliceerd - apr. 2022


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