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Abstract: SA-PO143

Treatment Patterns for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer in Dialysis, Kidney Transplant, and Non-Dialysis

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Category: Onconephrology

  • 1600 Onconephrology


  • Sarabu, Nagaraju, University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Dong, Weichuan, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Koroukian, Siran M., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Patients with end stage kidney disease being evaluated for transplant are screened for prostate cancer. When a cancer is found, it is often treated given concerns about transplant eligibility in the presence of a malignancy.


Retrospective population based observational cohort study, using Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare data (Males > 40 years with localized prostate cancer (2010 – 2015). Compared low risk localized prostate cancer treatment patterns and mortality rates among dialysis, kidney transplant and non-dialysis patients using logistic regression and cox proportional hazards models.


A total of 46 low risk prostate cancer dialysis patients and 20 kidney transplant patients were identified. We age-matched 42 dialysis patients to 210 non-dialysis patients (Table 1). Non-dialysis patients with low-risk prostate cancer were less likely, OR: to get curative treatment, and high mortality, as compared to dialysis patients. None of the kidney transplant patients in low-risk group died of prostate cancer.


Dialysis patients, who are more likely to die of other causes, are paradoxically more likely to be treated for low-risk prostate cancer. Active surveillance should be performed in this population, and should not preclude transplant eligibility.

Baseline Characteristics. Numbers < 11 are masked according to SEER-Medicare policy.