Statin utilization improves oncologic and survival outcomes in patients with dyslipidemia and surgically treated renal cell carcinoma

Sean W. Berquist, Hak J. Lee, Zachary Hamilton, Aditya Bagrodia, Abd Elrahman Hassan, Alp T. Beksaç, Catherine A. Dufour, Song Wang, Reza Mehrazin, Anthony Patterson, Ithaar H. Derweesh

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BACKGROUND: We evaluated the role of statins in patients who underwent surgery for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and who had dyslipidemia, as use of statins has been suggested to improve outcomes in RCC. METHODS: Two-center retrospective study of patients with dyslipidemia who underwent surgery for RCC from 7/1995 to 6/2005. Patients were managed by statins or ezetimibe, fibrate agents, or cholestyramine. Analysis was conducted between patients who received statin therapy versus those that did not. Primary outcome was progression-free survival (PFS). Secondary outcomes were cancer-specific (CSS) and overall survival (OS). Multivariable analysis was performed to identify risk factors associated with disease progression. RESULTS: In this study 283 patients were analyzed (180 statin, 103 non-statin, median follow-up 68 months). There were no significant demographic differences. Median duration of antidyslipidemia therapy was similar (statin 31 months vs. non-statin 28 months, P=0.413). Tumor size (statin 5.4 cm vs. non-statin 5.6 cm, P=0.569), stage distribution (P=0.591), histology (P=0.801), and grade (P=0.807) were similar. Kaplan-Meier analysis demonstrated higher 5-yr PFS (91% vs. 70%, P<0.001), CSS (88% vs. 69%, P<0.001), and OS (71% vs. 67%, P=0.025) in statin vs. non-statin patients. Multivariable analysis for factors associated with disease progression found absence of statin therapy (OR 2.41, P<0.001), higher stage (OR 2.01-3.86 P<0.001), and higher grade tumors (OR 2.07, P=0.006) to be predictive. CONCLUSIONS: In RCC patients with dyslipidemia, statin use was associated with improved survival outcomes, and was an independent predictor of PFS. Further investigations are requisite to determine utility of statins in RCC patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-508
Number of pages8
JournalMinerva Urologica e Nefrologica
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • Carcinoma
  • Disease-free survival
  • Dyslipidemias
  • Renal cell
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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