The RESURGE project retrospectively analysed data from three published studies including 1871 patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) from 24 hospitals. This study looked at outcomes of surgery (radical or partial nephrectomy) in older patients aged over 75 years.
The study concluded that surgery for kidney cancer is feasible and safe in well-selected older patients. In addition, partial nephrectomy is preferable to radical nephrectomy to preserve kidney function in older patients. However, if possible, less invasive or non-interventional management options should also be considered.
This is one of the largest studies looking at the outcome of surgery for RCC in older patients where information on the feasibility of surgical treatment is limited.