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Juan Antonio Vallejo Casas, Marcel Sambo, Carlos López López, Manuel Durán-Poveda, Julio Rodríguez-Villanueva García, Rita Joana Santos, Marta Llanos, Elena Navarro-González, Javier Aller, Virginia Pubul, Sonsoles Guadalix, Guillermo Crespo, Cintia González, Carles Zafón, Miguel Navarro, Javier Santamaría-Sandi, Ángel Segura, Pablo Gajate, Marcelino Gómez-Balaguer, Javier Valdivia, Manel Puig-Domingo, Juan Carlos Galofré, Beatriz Castelo, María José Villanueva, Iñaki Argüelles, and Lorenzo Orcajo-Rincón

Background

Up to 30% of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) will develop advanced-stage disease (aDTC) with reduced overall survival (OS).

Objective

The aim of this study is to characterize initial diagnosis of aDTC, its therapeutic management, and prognosis in Spain and Portugal.

Methods

A multicentre, longitudinal, retrospective study of adult patients diagnosed with aDTC in the Iberian Peninsula was conducted between January 2007 and December 2012. Analyses of baseline characteristics and results of initial treatments, relapse- or progression-free survival ((RP)FS) from first DTC diagnosis, OS, and prognostic factors impacting the evolution of advanced disease were evaluated.

Results

Two hundred and thirteen patients (median age: 63 years; 57% female) were eligible from 23 hospitals. Advanced disease presented at first diagnosis (de novo aDTC) included 54% of patients, while 46% had relapsed from early disease (recurrent/progressive eDTC). At initial stage, most patients received surgery (98%) and/or radioiodine (RAI) (89%), with no differences seen between median OS (95% CI) (10.4 (7.3–15.3) years) and median disease-specific-survival (95% CI) (11.1 (8.7–16.2) years; log-rank test P = 0.4737). Age at diagnosis being <55 years was associated with a lower risk of death (Wald chi-square (Wc-s) P < 0.0001), while a poor response to RAI to a higher risk of death ((Wc-s) P < 0.05). In the eDTC cohort, median (RP)FS (95% CI) was of 1.7 (1.0–2.0) years after RAI, with R0/R1 surgeries being the only common significant favourable factor for longer (RP)FS and time to aDTC ((Wc-s) P < 0.05).

Conclusion

Identification of early treatment-dependent prognostic factors for an unfavourable course of advanced disease is possible. An intensified therapeutic attitude may reverse this trend and should be considered in poor-performing patients. Prospective studies are required to confirm these findings.