Publications by authors named "T Kuusk"

32 Publications

The 2021 Updated European Association of Urology Guidelines on Renal Cell Carcinoma: Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-based Combination Therapies for Treatment-naive Metastatic Clear-cell Renal Cell Carcinoma Are Standard of Care.

Eur Urol 2021 May 29. Epub 2021 May 29.

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK; UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, London, UK; Department of Urology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Electronic address:

The recent randomized controlled phase III CLEAR trial results are the last to complement immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI)-based doublet combination therapies for treatment-naïve metastatic clear-cell renal cell carcinoma. The CLEAR trial demonstrated an improved progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and an objective response rate (ORR) benefit for the combination of lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab over sunitinib. The CheckMate-9ER trial update demonstrated an ongoing PFS, OS, and quality-of-life benefit for cabozantinib plus nivolumab over sunitinib as did the update of Keynote-426 for axitinib plus pembrolizumab in the intention-to-treat population, with a PFS benefit seen across all International Metastatic Database Consortium (IMDC) subgroups. In the IMDC intermediate- and poor-risk groups, the CheckMate-214 trial of ipilimumab plus nivolumab confirmed the OS benefit with a PFS plateauing after 30 months. The RCC Guidelines Panel recommends three tyrosine kinase inhibitors + ICI combinations of axitinib plus pembrolizumab, cabozantinib plus nivolumab, and lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab across all IMDC risk groups in advanced first-line RCC, and dual immunotherapy of ipilimumab and nivolumab in IMDC intermediate- and poor-risk groups. PATIENT SUMMARY: New data from combination trials with immune checkpoint inhibitors for advanced kidney cancer confirm a survival benefit for lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab, cabozantinib plus nivolumab (with improved quality-of-life), axitinib plus pembrolizumab, and ipilimumab plus nivolumab. These combination therapies are recommended as first-line treatment for advanced kidney cancer.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2021.04.042DOI Listing
May 2021

Impact of the first surge of the COVID-19 pandemic on a tertiary referral centre for kidney cancer.

BJU Int 2021 May 8. Epub 2021 May 8.

Specialist Centre for Kidney Cancer, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

Objective: To analyse the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a centralized specialist kidney cancer care pathway.

Materials And Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of patient and pathway characteristics including prioritization strategies at the Specialist Centre for Kidney Cancer located at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RFH) before and during the surge of COVID-19.

Results: On 18 March 2020 all elective surgery was halted at RFH to redeploy resources and staff for the COVID-19 surge. Prioritizing of patients according to European Association of Urology guidance was introduced. Clinics and the specialist multidisciplinary team (SMDT) meetings were maintained with physical distancing, kidney surgery was moved to a COVID-protected site, and infection prevention measurements were enforced. During the 7 weeks of lockdown (23 March to 10 May 2020), 234 cases were discussed at the SMDT meetings, 53% compared to the 446 cases discussed in the 7 weeks pre-lockdown. The reduction in referrals was more pronounced for small and asymptomatic renal masses. Of 62 low-priority cancer patients, 27 (43.5%) were deferred. Only one (4%) COVID-19 infection occurred postoperatively, and the patient made a full recovery. No increase in clinical or pathological upstaging could be detected in patients who underwent deferred surgery compared to pre-COVID practice.

Conclusion: The first surge of the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted diagnosis, referral and treatment of kidney cancer at a tertiary referral centre. With a policy of prioritization and COVID-protected pathways, capacity for time-sensitive oncological interventions was maintained and no immediate clinical harm was observed.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bju.15441DOI Listing
May 2021

Perioperative therapy in renal cancer in the era of immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy.

Curr Opin Urol 2021 05;31(3):262-269

Specialist Centre for Kidney Cancer, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Purpose Of Review: Immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) combination therapy has revolutionized therapy of metastatic renal cancer. The success of immunotherapy has renewed an interest to study these agents in adjuvant and neoadjuvant settings and prior to cytoreductive nephrectomy. This narrative review will give an overview of ongoing trials and early translational research outcomes.

Recent Findings: In nonmetastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC), five phase 3 adjuvant and neoadjuvant trials with ICI monotherapy or combinations are ongoing with atezolizumab (IMmotion 010; NCT03024996), pembrolizumab (KEYNOTE-564; NCT03142334), nivolumab (PROSPER; NCT03055013), nivolumab with or without ipilimumab (CheckMate 914; NCT03138512) and durvalumab with or without tremelimumab (RAMPART; NCT03288532). Phase 1b/2 neoadjuvant trials demonstrate safety, efficacy and dynamic changes of immune infiltrates and provide rationales for neoadjuvant trial concepts as well as prediction of response to therapy. In primary metastatic RCC, two phase 3 trials investigate the role of deferred cytoreductive nephrectomy following pretreatment with ICI combination (NORDICSUN; NCT03977571 and PROBE; NCT04510597).

Summary: The outcomes of the major phase 3 trials are awaited as early as 2023. Meanwhile, translational data from phase 1b/2 studies enhance our understanding of the tumour immune microenvironment and its dynamic changes.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/MOU.0000000000000868DOI Listing
May 2021

Outcome after resection of occult and non-occult lymph node metastases at the time of nephrectomy.

World J Urol 2021 Feb 25. Epub 2021 Feb 25.

Department of Urology, Renal Cancer Unit, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK.

Purpose: There is sparse evidence on outcomes of resected occult LN metastases at the time of nephrectomy (synchronous disease). We sought to analyse a large international cohort of patients and to identify clinico-pathological predictors of long-term survival.

Materials And Methods: We collected data of consecutive patients who underwent nephrectomy and LND for T cN0-1pN1 and cM0-1 RCC at 7 referral centres between 1988 and 2019. Patients were stratified into four clinico-pathological groups: (1) cN0cM0-pN1, (2) cN1cM0-pN1(limited, 1-3 positive nodes), (3) cN1cM0-pN1(extensive, > 3 positive nodes), and (4) cM1-pN1. Overall survival (OS) was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method, and associations with all-cause mortality (ACM) were evaluated using Cox models with multiple imputations.

Results: Of the 4370 patients with LND, 292 patients with pN1 disease were analysed. Median follow-up was 62 months, during which 171 patients died. Median OS was 21 months (95% CI 17-30 months) and the 5-year OS rate was 24% (95% CI 18-31%). Patients with cN0cM0-pN1 disease had a median OS of 57 months and a 5-year OS rate of 43%. 5-year OS (median OS) decreased to 29% (33 months) in cN1cM0-pN1(limited) and to 23% (23 months) in cN1cM0-pN1(extensive) patients. Those with cM1-pN1 disease had the worst prognosis, with a 5-year OS rate of 13% (9 months). On multivariable analysis, age (p = 0.034), tumour size (p = 0.02), grade (p = 0.02) and clinico-pathological group (p < 0.05) were significant predictors of ACM.

Conclusion: Depending on clinico-pathological group, grade and tumour size, 5-year survival of patients with LN metastases varies from 13 to 43%. Patients with resected occult lymph node involvement (cN0/pN1 cM0) have the best prognosis with a considerable chance of long-term survival.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00345-021-03633-5DOI Listing
February 2021