Modified retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for post-chemotherapy residual tumour: a long-term update

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Objective: To update previously reported outcomes of modified-template post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (PC-RPLND) in appropriately selected patients with metastatic non-seminomatous germ cell tumour (NSGCT), as our previous report was criticised for short follow-up and so we now provide a long-term update on this cohort. Patients and Methods: In all, 100 patients with normal serum markers after cisplatin-based chemotherapy and residual retroperitoneal tumour underwent modified PC-RPLND between 1991 and 2004. Using a prospectively managed institutional testicular cancer database, long-term follow-up was obtained. Results: As previously reported, 43 patients underwent a right-modified template, 18 patients underwent a full-left-modified template, and 39 patients underwent a left-modified template. The updated long-term median follow-up for the entire cohort is 125 months. Seven patients developed recurrent disease with a median (range) time to recurrence of 11 (6–102) months, and one patient died from recurrent disease in the chest 4 years after surgery. All recurrences were outside the boundaries of a full-bilateral template RPLND, with the most common location of recurrence being the chest. The 5- and 10-year recurrence-free survival rates were 93% and 92%, respectively. The overall survival at 10 years was 99%. Conclusions: In appropriately selected patients with low-volume disease before and after chemotherapy, a modified template has durable long-term efficacy without risk of in-field recurrences at a median follow-up of 125 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-108
Number of pages5
JournalBJU International
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • modified template
  • post-chemotherapy
  • retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
  • testes cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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