Surgery With or Without Postoperative Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Urothelial Bladder Cancer

Official Title

Randomized Phase II Trial of Postoperative Adjuvant IMRT Following Cystectomy for pT3/T4 Urothelial Bladder Cancer


This randomized phase II trial studies the side effects and how well postoperative intensity modulated radiation therapy works after surgery in treating patients with urothelial bladder cancer. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to kill tumour cells left behind in the pelvis after surgery. It is not yet known whether surgery followed by radiation therapy is more effective than surgery alone in treating patients with urothelial bladder cancer.

Trial Description

Primary Outcome:

  • Pelvic Recurrence-free Survival (PRFS)
Secondary Outcome:
  • Disease Free Survival (DFS)
  • Number of Patients With Bowel Toxicity
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: I. To evaluate the ability of postcystectomy adjuvant radiation therapy to safely reduce pelvic tumour recurrence, defined as pelvic recurrence-free survival. SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:
I. Evaluate increase in disease-free survival. II. Evaluate toxicity of adjuvant pelvic radiation therapy. OUTLINE:

Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms. Patients are stratified by neoadjuvant preoperative or postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 6 weeks, every 3 months for 1 year, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually for 5 years.

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