Study Type – Prognosis (cohort series)
Level of Evidence 2a
What's known on the subject? and What does the study add?
The incidence and prevalence of obesity in the USA and Europe is increasing. Higher body mass index is associated with a lower risk of overall prostate cancer diagnosis but also with an increased risk of high grade prostate cancer. Obese men undergoing primary therapy with radical prostatectomy or external beam radiation are more likely to experience a biochemical recurrence after treatment compared with normal weight men. Finally, obesity is associated with increased prostate-cancer-specific mortality. We hypothesized that obese men on androgen deprivation therapy may be at increased risk for prostate cancer progression. Previous studies have shown that obese men have lower levels of testosterone compared with normal weight men. Additionally, one previous study found that obese men have higher levels of testosterone on androgen deprivation therapy. Men with higher levels of testosterone on androgen deprivation therapy are at increased risk of prostate cancer progression.
We found that men with higher body mass index were at increased risk of progression to castration-resistant prostate cancer, development of metastases and prostate-cancer-specific mortality. When we adjusted for various clinicopathological characteristics, obese men were at increased risk of progression to castration-resistant prostate cancer and development of metastases. The results of our study help generate hypotheses for further study regarding the mechanisms between obesity and aggressive prostate cancer.
- • To investigate whether obesity predicts poor outcomes in men starting androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) before metastasis, since previous studies found worse outcomes after surgery and radiation for obese men.
- • A retrospective review was carried out of 287 men in the SEARCH database treated with radical prostatectomy between 1988 and 2009.
- • Body mass index (BMI) was categorized to <25, 25–29.9 and ≥30 kg/m2.
- • Proportional hazards models were used to test the association between BMI and time to castration-resistant prostate cancer (PC), metastases and PC-specific mortality adjusting for demographic and clinicopathological data.
- • During a median 73-month follow-up after radical prostatectomy, 403 men (14%) received early ADT.
- • Among 287 men with complete data, median BMI was 28.3 kg/m2.
- • Median follow-up from the start of ADT was 52 months during which 44 men developed castration-resistant PC, 34 developed metastases and 24 died from PC.
- • In multivariate analysis, higher BMI was associated with a trend for greater risk of progression to castration-resistant PC (P= 0.063), a more than threefold increased risk of developing metastases (P= 0.027) and a trend toward worse PC-specific mortality (P= 0.119).
- • Prognostic biomarkers did not differ between BMI groups.
- • Among men treated with early ADT, our results suggest that obese men may have increased risk of PC progression.
- • These data support the general hypothesis that obesity is associated with aggressive PC, although validation of these findings and further study of the mechanisms linking obesity and poor PC outcomes are required.