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Keywords:

  • prostate cancer;
  • radiation therapy;
  • salvage;
  • radical prostatectomy

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A survival benefit has been observed with salvage radiation therapy (RT) for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) failure after radical prostatectomy (RP) in men with rapid rises in PSA doubling time (DT, <6 months). Whether such a benefit exits in men with a protracted PSA rise in DT (≥6 months) is unclear and was examined in the current study.

METHODS:

Of 4036 men who underwent RP at Duke University between 1988 and 2008, 519 experienced a PSA failure, had complete data, and were the subjects of this study. Univariate and multivariate Cox regression analyses were performed to evaluate whether salvage RT in men with either a rapid (<6 months) or a protracted (≥6 months) PSA DT was associated with the risk of all-cause mortality adjusting for age at the time of PSA failure, known prostate cancer prognostic factors, and cardiac comorbidity.

RESULTS:

After a median follow-up of 11.3 years after PSA failure, 195 men died. Salvage RT was associated with a significant reduction in all-cause mortality for men with either a PSA DT of <6 months (adjusted hazard ratio [AHR], 0.53; P = .02) or a PSA DT of ≥6 months (AHR, 0.52; P = .003). In a subset of patients with comorbidity data at the time of PSA failure, salvage RT remained associated with a significant reduction in all-cause mortality for both men with a PSA DT of <6 months (AHR, 0.35; P = .042) or a PSA DT of ≥6 months (AHR, 0.60; P = .04).

CONCLUSIONS:

Salvage RT for PSA DTs less than or in excess of 6 months is associated with a decreased risk in all-cause mortality. Cancer 2011. © 2011 American Cancer Society.