Small cell carcinoma of the bladder: a case report and a literature review.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To report a case of small cell carcinoma of the bladder. To analyse Literature data concerning disease stage, treatment and prognosis of small cell carcinoma of the bladder. METHODS/RESULTS We report a case of small cell carcinoma of the bladder with hepatic and skeletal metastases who underwent radical cystectomy and systemic chemotherapy. The patient died 9 months after surgery because of chemotherapy complications and in disease progression. The Authors reviewed and analysed Literature data concerning 139 cases of bladder small cell carcinoma with available follow-up. CONCLUSIONS The extreme variability of treatment options, the small number of cases and stratification by stages make it very difficult to deduce therapeutic recommendations. The management that seems to give a better survival is the combination of radical cystectomy (or radiotherapy) and chemotherapy.

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@article{Dalpiaz2003SmallCC, title={Small cell carcinoma of the bladder: a case report and a literature review.}, author={Orietta Dalpiaz and Najati al Rabi and Antonio Galfano and Guido Martignoni and Vincenzo Ficarra and Walter Artibani}, journal={Archivos españoles de urología}, year={2003}, volume={56 2}, pages={197-202} }