Renal carcinoma after childhood cancer: A report from the childhood cancer survivor study

Carmen L. Wilson, Kirsten K. Ness, Joseph P. Neglia, Sue Hammond, Margarett Shnorhavorian, Wendy L. Leisenring, Marilyn Stovall, Leslie L. Robison, Gregory T. Armstrong

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Adult survivors of childhood cancer are known to be at increased risk of subsequent malignancy, but only limited data exist describing the incidence and risk factors for secondary renal carcinoma. Among 14 358 5-year survivors diagnosed between 1970 and 1986, we estimated standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) for subsequent renal carcinoma and identified associations with primary cancer therapy using Poisson regression. Twenty-six survivors were diagnosed with renal carcinoma (median = 22.6 years from diagnosis; range = 6.3-35.7 years), reflecting a statistically significant excess (SIR = 8.0, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 5.2 to 11.7) compared with the general population. Highest risk was observed among neuroblastoma survivors (SIR = 85.8, 95% CI = 38.4 to 175.2) and, in multivariable analyses, with renal-directed radiotherapy of 5 Gy or greater (relative risk [RR] = 3.8, 95% CI = 1.6 to 9.3) and platinum-based chemotherapy (RR = 3.5, 95% CI = 1.0 to 11.2). To our knowledge, this is the first report of an association between cisplatin and subsequent renal carcinoma among survivors of childhood cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-508
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 3 2013

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This work was supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (U24-CA55727 to LLR). Support to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was also provided by a grant from the Cancer Center Support (CA 21765 to R. Gilbertson, principal investigator) and by the American Lebanese-Syrian Associated Charities.


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