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Urology. 1985 Mar;25(3):248-50.

Infarction-nephrectomy for metastatic renal carcinoma. Southwest oncology group study.


Thirty patients with metastatic renal cell cancer were treated by renal infarction, followed by delayed nephrectomy. All cases were collected over an eighteen-month period, with a minimum follow-up of one year. There were no complete remissions and only one partial remission, which lasted twenty-one months before progression of disease. Three patients had stable disease for at least six months, but eventually all patients showed evidence of progression. After tumor progression was documented patients were treated with intramuscular medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera) 800 mg per week. No patient responded to this therapy. Overall, a 28 per cent one-year survival and a seven-month median survival were realized, which is similar to other series in which no therapy or palliative nephrectomy was performed. We conclude that infarction and nephrectomy is not an effective modality in the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma. In addition, medroxyprogesterone was not shown to be significantly active against renal cancer in this study.

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