Journal Article

Prostate cancer in renal transplant recipients

François Kleinclauss, Marc Gigante, Yann Neuzillet, Marc Mouzin, Nicolas Terrier, Laurent Salomon, François Iborra, Jacques Petit, Luc Cormier and Eric Lechevallier

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 23, issue 7, pages 2374-2380
Published in print July 2008 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online February 2008 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Prostate cancer in renal transplant recipients

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Background. We conducted a retrospective multi-centre study to determine the characteristics of prostate cancer in renal transplant recipients (RTR) and to analyse the relation with immunosuppressive maintenance therapies.

Methods. Patients from 19 French transplant centres diagnosed with prostate cancer at least 1 year after kidney transplantation were included in this study. Data regarding demographics, kidney transplantation, prostate cancer and immunosuppressive treatment were analysed.

Results. Sixty-two patients met the eligibility criteria for this study. Thirty-eight patients (61.3%) received calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) and azathioprine (AZA) with or without steroids, twenty received CNI with or without steroids (32.2%) and four received CNI and mycophenolate mofetil (6.5%). Patients with CNI and AZA immunosuppressive therapy presented more high-stage cancer (T3 and T4) when compared to patients receiving CNI alone (47.5% versus 15%, respectively, P = 0.03). A non-significant increase in lymph node invasion was found in patients receiving CNI and AZA compared to patients receiving CNI alone (21% versus 5%, P = 0.16). In the multivariate analysis, the immunosuppressive regimen with CNI and AZA was the only independent risk factor for locally advanced disease (P = 0.007).

Conclusion. Our results showed that RTR are at risk for early occurrence and for locally advanced prostate cancer, especially when they received a CNI and AZA maintenance immunosuppressive therapy.

Keywords: cancer; immunosuppression; kidney; prostate; transplantation

Journal Article.  4632 words. 

Subjects: Nephrology

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