AB152. Combination of intravesical chemotherapy and Bacillus Calmette-Guerin versus Bacillus Calmette-Guerin monotherapy in intermediate- and high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis
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AB152. Combination of intravesical chemotherapy and Bacillus Calmette-Guerin versus Bacillus Calmette-Guerin monotherapy in intermediate- and high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Jianfeng Cui, Shouzhen Chen, Yue Yang, Yaofeng Zhu, Fan Chen, Benkang Shi

Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan 250012, China


Objective: Urothelial carcinoma of the bladder has become a major cause of morbidity, mortality, and health-related costs. There is still no standard instillation therapy against bladder cancer. A meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of adding chemotherapy to Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) in intermediate- and high-risk nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).

Methods: All randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated the efficacy of combination therapy and BCG monotherapy for intermediate- and high-risk NMIBC were comprehensively searched. Relevant databases, including PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled trials databases, and American Society of Clinical Oncology (http://www.asco.org/ASCO), the clinical trial registration website (ClinicalTrials.gov), and relevant trials from the references of selected studies were searched from initial state up to June 6, 2015. Random-effects model was used to estimate hazard ratios (HRs) statistics. All statistical analyses were performed by STATA (version 13.0, College Station, TX, USA).

Results: Seven studies, including 1373 patients with intermediate- and high-risk NMIBC, were identified. For disease-free survival, the pooled HRs from all studies was 0.69 [95% confidence interval (CI), 0.48–1.00; P=0.048]. The disease-free survival benefit was more apparent among patients with intermediate-risk NMIBC (P=0.002) or Ta/T1 with/without carcinoma in situ (P<0.01). In subgroup analysis, a significant reduction in recurrence was found in studies that explored the influence of a perioperative single dose instillation compared with delayed BCG monotherapy (HR =0.60; 95% CI, 0.38–0.92; P=0.021). No significant difference was found for progression-free survival (HR =0.78; 95% CI, 0.43–1.44; P=0.435).

Conclusions: Patients with intermediate- and high-risk NMIBC who underwent combination therapy achieved lower rates of recurrence than those who underwent BCG therapy alone. No difference in progression-free survival was found between the two different therapy schedules. Better efficacy for a perioperative single dose instillation compared with delayed BCG monotherapy was found in this meta-analysis.

Keywords: Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG); randomized controlled trials; nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer


doi: 10.21037/tau.2016.s152


Cite this abstract as: Cui J, Chen S, Yang Y, Zhu Y, Chen F, Shi B. Combination of intravesical chemotherapy and Bacillus Calmette-Guerin versus Bacillus Calmette-Guerin monotherapy in intermediate- and high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Transl Androl Urol 2016;5(Suppl 1):AB152. doi: 10.21037/tau.2016.s152

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