To test the association between African-American race and overall mortality (OM) rates in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC).
Within the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry (2006-2015), we identified patients with clear cell (ccmRCC) and non-clear cell mRCC (non-ccmRCC). African-Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics were identified. Stratification was made according to histology and treatments: (1) no treatment, (2) systemic therapy (ST), (3) cytoreductive nephrectomy (CNT), (4) CNT + ST. Kaplan-Meier plots and multivariable Cox regression analyses were used.
Of ccmRCC patients, 410 (7%), 4353 (75%), and 1005 (17%) were African-American, Caucasian, and Hispanic, respectively. Of non-ccmRCC patients, 183 (25%), 479 (65%), and 77 (10%) were African-American, Caucasian, and Hispanic, respectively. In ccmRCC, African-Americans were associated with higher OM rates (HR 1.20; 95% CI 1.05-1.37). Conversely, in non-ccmRCC, African-Americans were associated with lower OM rates (HR 0.75; 95% CI 0.59-0.97).
African-American race is associated with prolonged survival in non-ccmRCC, but it is also associated with lower survival rates in ccmRCC. The exception to these observations consisted of patients treated with combination of CNT + ST for either ccmRCC or non-ccmRCC.