The aim of this communication was to assess the efficacy of directed oligometastatic radiotherapy (RT) based on 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT in patients with prostate cancer (PCa) biochemical relapse (BCR) after primary treatment with curative intent.
This is a retrospective analysis of a monocentric cohort of PCa patients diagnosed with oligometastatic disease on 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT and treated with metastasis-directed RT. Inclusion criteria were: histologically proven PCa, BCR after primary treatment with curative intent, oligometastatic disease defined as ≤ 3 metastatic lesions. To evaluate the efficacy of the therapy, biochemical response defined as a decrease of > 50% of PSA (PSA50) was measured at 1 and 4 months. Patients were followed up until progression and start of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). BCR-free survival and ADT-free survival were calculated.
20 patients met the inclusion criteria. Median PSA value: 1.4 ng/ml (IQR, 0.3–2.3 ng/ml). A total of 30 PSMA-positive lesions were treated: 18 lymph nodes (60%), nine bone (30%) and three visceral lesions (10%). Median follow-up was 15 months (range 4–33 months). Biochemical response at 1 and 4 months was found in 3/20 patients (15%) and 14/20 (70%), respectively. BCR-free survival rate at 1 year was 79% and 53% at 2 years. ADT-free survival at 2 years was 74%.
This retrospective study suggests that metastasis-directed RT based on 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT may be a valuable treatment in patients with PCa oligometastatic disease, providing promising BCR-free survival rates and potentially postponing ADT for at least 2 years in 74% of the patients. Response assessment should not be measured before 4 months after treatment.
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Artigas, C., Flamen, P., Charlier, F. et al. 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT-based metastasis-directed radiotherapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence after radical prostatectomy. World J Urol 37, 1535–1542 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-019-02701-1
- Prostate cancer
- Metastasis-directed therapy