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Seidensticker, Ricarda; Damm, Robert; Enge, Julia; Seidensticker, Max; Mohnike, Konrad; Pech, Maciej; Hass, Peter; Amthauer, Holger; Ricke, Jens (2018): Local ablation or radioembolization of colorectal cancer metastases: comorbidities or older age do not affect overall survival. In: BMC Cancer 18:882
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Background: Local ablative techniques are emerging in patients with oligometastatic disease from colorectal carcinoma, commonly described as less invasive than surgical methods. This single arm cohort seeks to determine whether such methods are suitable in patients with comorbidities or higher age. Methods: Two hundred sixty-six patients received radiofrequency ablation (RFA), CT-guided high-dose rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT) or Y90-radioembolization (Y90-RE) during treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). This cohort comprised of patients with heterogenous disease stages from single liver lesions to multiple organ systems involvement commonly following multiple chemotherapy lines. Data was reviewed retrospectively for patient demographics, previous therapies, initial or disease stages at first intervention, comorbidities and mortality. Comorbidity was measured using the Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) and age-adjusted Charlson Index (CACI) excluding mCRC as the index disease. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and Cox regression were used for statistical analysis. Results: Overall median survival of 266 patients was 14 months. Age >= 70 years did not influence survival after local therapies. Similarly, CCI or CACI did not affect the patients prognoses in multivariate analyses. Moderate or severe renal insufficiency (n = 12;p = 0.005) was the only single comorbidity identified to negatively affect the outcome after local therapy. Conclusion: Interventional procedures for mCRC may be performed safely even in elderly and comorbid patients. In severe renal insufficiency, the use of invasive techniques should be limited to selected cases.