J Cancer 2018; 9(24):4706-4711. doi:10.7150/jca.28706

Research Paper

Bone Metastases Pattern in Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Bladder Cancer: A Population-Based Study

Chao Zhang1*, Lele Liu1*, Fang Tao1*, Xu Guo1,6, Guowei Feng3, Feiran Chen3, Yao Xu1, Lili Li1, Xiuxin Han1, Vladimir P. Baklaushev4, Andrey S. Bryukhovetskiy5, Xin Wang2✉, Guowen Wang1✉

1. Department of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, National Clinical Research Center for Cancer, Key Laboratory of Cancer Prevention and Therapy, Tianjin's Clinical Research Center for Cancer, Tianjin, China.
2. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, First Affiliated Hospital, Army Medical University, 30 Gaotanyan Street Shapingba District, Chongqing, China.
3. Department of Urology, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Breast Cancer Prevention and Therapy, Ministry of Education, National Clinical Research Center for Cancer, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, Tianjin, China.
4. Federal Research and Clinical Center of Specialized Medical Care and Medical Technologies, Federal Biomedical Agency of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation.
5. Central Clinical Hospital of the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russian Federation.
6. Department of Orthopedics, Cangzhou Central Hospital, Cangzhou, Hebei, China.
*These authors contributed equally to this work.


Purpose: Based on a large-population analysis, we aimed to estimate the incidence and survival of bone metastases (BM) in initial bladder cancer (BC) patients and to identify the risk and prognostic factors of BC patients with BM.

Patients and methods: Using the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, bladder cancer patients diagnosed between 2010 and 2014 were retrieved. Multivariate logistic and Cox regression analyses were employed to identify risk factors and prognostic factors for BM in BC patients. A Kaplan-Meier analysis with log-rank test was used to estimate the overall survival for BC and the difference between the survival curves.

Results: A total of 1,223 (1.39%) BC patients were diagnosed with de novo BM. Variables such as age between 41 to 60 years, black race, unmarried status, higher T stage, higher N stage, poor tumour differentiation grade, lung metastases, liver metastases, and brain metastases were positively associated with BM occurrence. The median survival for BC patients with BM was dramatically decreased to 4.0 months. Factors including advanced age, absence of surgery, and presence of lung, liver, or brain metastases all predicted worse survival.

Conclusion: BM can dramatically decrease the survival of bladder cancer patients. The findings of the present study can provide population-based identification of risk and prognostic factors for BC patients with BM at initial diagnosis, which can be used for BM occurrence prediction and individualized treatment plan-making.

Keywords: SEER, bone metastases, risk factor, prognostic factor, bladder cancer

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How to cite this article:
Zhang C, Liu L, Tao F, Guo X, Feng G, Chen F, Xu Y, Li L, Han X, Baklaushev VP, Bryukhovetskiy AS, Wang X, Wang G. Bone Metastases Pattern in Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Bladder Cancer: A Population-Based Study. J Cancer 2018; 9(24):4706-4711. doi:10.7150/jca.28706. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v09p4706.htm