Feasibility and Outcomes of Orthotopic Ileal Neobladder Reconstruction Following Pelvic Irradiation

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      To evaluate the complications and oncologic outcomes of orthotopic ileal neobladder reconstruction (ONB) following pelvic radiotherapy (RT) compared to patients with no prior pelvic RT.


      Our institutional database was queried for all patients with pT0-4bN0-3M0 urothelial carcinoma of the bladder who underwent radical cystectomy with curative intent and ONB between 1990 and 2018. We then queried this cohort for patients who had prior pelvic RT (>3900 cGy) and compared baseline characteristics, perioperative complications, and recurrence free survival between patients with and without prior pelvic RT.


      One thousand eight hundred and forty-six patients matched our inclusion criteria; 34 had prior pelvic RT with a median dose of 6280 cGy. Prior RT targeted the bladder, prostate, and cervix in 27, 6, and 1 patient, respectively. Median time from RT to cystectomy was 15.5 months. Patients with prior RT had a longer time from diagnosis to cystectomy, more frequently had ≥5 TURBT and neoadjuvant chemo, and less frequently had multifocal disease. Perioperative complications including operative time, estimated blood loss, days hospitalized, as well as 30- and 90-day complication rates, were not statistically different. There was no statistical difference in recurrence free survival between the 2 groups (P = .48).


      ONB in highly selected patients with prior pelvic RT is feasible with statistically similar perioperative complication rates compared to ONB without prior RT.
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