Research Article: Clinical Results after High-Dose Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for High-Risk Prostate Cancer

Date Published: November 30, 2012

Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Author(s): Valérie Fonteyne, Nicolaas Lumen, Geert Villeirs, Piet Ost, Gert De Meerleer.


Purpose. Patients with high-risk prostate cancer (PC) can be treated with high-dose intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and long-term androgen deprivation (AD). In this paper we report on (i) late toxicity and (ii) biochemical (bRFS) and clinical relapse-free survival (cRFS) of this combined treatment. Methods. 126 patients with high-risk PC (T3-4 or PSA >20 ng/mL or Gleason 8–10) and ≥24 months of followup were treated with high-dose IMRT and AD. Late toxicity was recorded. Biochemical relapse was defined as PSA nadir +2 ng/mL. Clinical relapse was defined as local failure or metastases. Results. The incidence of late grade 3 gastrointestinal and genitourinary toxicity was 2 and 6%, respectively. Five-year bRFS and cRFS were 73% and 86% respectively. AD was a significant predictor of bRFS (P = 0.001) and cRFS (P = 0.01). Conclusion. High-dose IMRT and AD for high-risk PC offers excellent biochemical and clinical control with low toxicity.

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The of PSA screening has resulted in an increased detection rate of prostate cancer (PC) with stage migration towards lower-stage prostate cancer (PC). Nevertheless, still 12% of the patients with PC will have locally advanced (T3-4 N0 M0 or Tx N1 M0) or metastatic disease at diagnosis [1]. More aggressive therapies are indicated for these patients as they are at increased risk of PC death [2]. External beam radiotherapy (EBRT) is one of the standard treatment options of choice for those patients. However, when conventional low-dose (<72 Gy) EBRT is applied in patients with clinical stage T3-T4 PC, local recurrence rates mount to 30% at 10 years [3]. Improvement of local control is important as local failure is directly correlated with distant metastasis [3, 4] and survival [5]. Extensive evidence exists that high-dose radiotherapy (dose ≥ 74 Gy) is superior to conventional dose radiotherapy (dose 64–70 Gy) [6–8]. For high-risk patients, an increase in 5-year biochemical relapse-free survival (bRFS) of 19% has been reported when increasing the dose from 70 Gy to 80 Gy [9]. Zelefsky et al. demonstrated that the rate of positive biopsies after EBRT dropped with 30% when the dose was increased from <70.2 Gy to >81 Gy [10]. With modern radiotherapy techniques, such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), dose escalation can safely be performed [11]. Randomized trials support the combined use of EBRT and androgen deprivation (AD) with superior disease-specific and overall survival outcomes in patients with locally advanced-stage or high-risk disease [12, 13].

Patient characteristics and planning parameters are shown in Tables 2 and 3, respectively. Significantly fewer patients received AD in prescription group 74R72 (P = 0.002). Except for follow-up time, all other parameters were equally balanced between the different prescription groups. Median followup was 48 months.

Multiple treatment options are available for patients with high-risk PC such as surgery, high-dose EBRT, and AD.

High-dose IMRT and AD for high-risk PC offers excellent biochemical and clinical control with low toxicity.




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