HDCN Abstract:  ASN Annual Meeting 2020 -- Digital Meeting  

Kitchlu A, Luo B, Jeyakumar N, et al.

CKD Prevalence, Patterns of Treatment, and Outcomes in Patients with Cancer: A Population-Based Cohort Study

ASN Annual Meeting 2020 -- Digital Meeting
J Am Soc Nephrol (Oct) 31:11A 2020


Chronic kidney disease (CKD) may impede optimal cancer treatment and result in worse outcomes. There are limited data to assess receipt of systemic therapy, radiation therapy, and palliative care in patients with cancer and CKD.


We conducted a population -based cohort study of all patients (≥18 years old) with a new cancer diagnosis in Ontario, Canada (2007-2015). We categorized patients according to CKD status at cancer diagnosis [estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥60 (referent group), 45-59, 30-44, 15-29, <15 mL/min/1.73m2, dialysis and transplant recipients]. We used multivariable Fine and Gray proportional hazards models to assess overall survival, receipt of systemic therapy, radiation and palliative care (6- months prior to death) in the 5 most common solid cancers (bladder, breast, colon, prostate, lung) and kidney cancer.


We identified 128,489 patients with a new cancer diagnosis, of whom 16% had pre-existing CKD (eGFR <60 mL/min/1.73m2). Patients with the 6 cancers of interest accounted for 73% (93,751). Kidney function at cancer diagnosis was associated with (progressively) worse overall survival in CKD stages 3a-5, dialysis, and transplant recipients (Figure a). Increasing CKD stage was associated with significantly reduced receipt of all treatment modalities [systemic therapy, radiation and palliative care (Figure b-d)]. Patients receiving dialysis had 2-fold increased mortality in bladder, breast and colon cancers, and 3-fold mortality in kidney cancers.


In patients with cancer, CKD is associated with reduced exposure to systemic, radiation and palliative treatments and worse overall survival. Strategies to improve cancer care in the CKD population are needed.

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