G Lieskovsky

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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    ABSTRACT: We evaluated long-term cancer control outcomes of radical prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection (RP) for pT3bN0M0 prostate cancer in the era of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from the University of Southern California Prostate Cancer Database was performed. Between 1987 and 2008, 229 men underwent open RP for pT3bN0M0 prostate cancer. The cohort was divided into early (1987-1997) and contemporary (1998-2008) PSA eras. The Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional regression models were used to analyze clinical recurrence (CR) and biochemical recurrence (BCR). The median follow-up duration was 14.5 years (range, 0.2-21.1y). The predicted 10-year freedom from CR and BCR rates for men treated in the early and contemporary PSA eras were 73% and 95% (Log-rank P = 0.001) and 65% and 73% (Log-rank P = 0.055), respectively. Multivariable analysis showed that pathologic Gleason grade 8-10 (CR: hazard ratio [HR] = 5.11; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.72-15.20; P = 0.003; BCR: HR = 3.47; 95% CI = 1.60-7.48; P = 0.002) and contemporary PSA era (CR: HR = 0.15; 95% CI = 0.06-0.41; P<0.001; BCR: HR = 0.49; 95% CI = 0.28-0.86; P = 0.013) were independently associated with cancer control. Adjuvant radiation therapy and positive surgical margins were not independently associated with outcomes. RP conferred long-term cancer control in men with pT3bN0M0 prostate cancer treated in the PSA era. Pathologic Gleason grade 8-10 and treatment in the early PSA era were independently associated with poorer cancer control outcomes.
    Urologic Oncology 10/2013; · 3.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: The role of micropapillary urothelial carcinoma (MUC) variant histology as an independent prognostic factor for survival after radical cystectomy has not been studied. Our aim was to examine the impact of MUC on survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from the University of Southern California (USC) Bladder Cancer Database was performed. Between 1985 and 2008, 1,380 patients underwent radical cystectomy and superextended pelvic lymph node dissection for bladder cancer. All surgical specimens underwent central pathologic review by dedicated genitourinary pathologists. Histologic type was categorized as urothelial carcinoma (UC; n = 1,347) or MUC (n = 33). The outcomes were overall survival (OS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS). The Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional regression models were used to analyze survival data. RESULTS: The median follow-up duration was 10 years (range, 0-25 years). Baseline characteristics were similar between histologic types except MUC was associated with advanced clinical (cTanyN1-3: 2% vs. 9%, P = 0.03) and pathologic (pTanyN1-3: 22% vs. 46%, P = 0.01) TNM stage, multifocality (38% vs. 58%, P = 0.02), and high nuclear grade (83% vs. 97%, P = 0.03). The predicted 5-year OS (61% and 67%, Log rank P = 0.96) and RFS (69% and 58%, Log rank P = 0.33) rates did not differ between patients with UC and MUC. Multivariable analysis showed that histologic type was not independently associated with OS (HR 0.91, 95% CI 0.55-1.49, P = 0.70) or RFS (HR 0.97, 95% CI 0.55-1.73, P = 0.92). CONCLUSIONS: Outcomes of radical cystectomy for patients with MUC are similar to those with UC when controlling for other clinical and pathologic factors.
    Urologic Oncology 03/2013; · 3.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: We evaluated pathologic and survival outcomes of GC (gemcitabine/cisplatin) and methotrexate/vinblastine/doxorubicin/cisplatin (M-VAC) neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data on 116 patients who received NAC (GC: n = 58; M-VAC: n = 58) before radical cystectomy and superextended pelvic lymph node dissection for clinical stage T2-4N0M0 bladder cancer was performed. The outcomes were complete response rate (CRR; pT0N0), partial response rate (PRR; pT0N0, pTaN0, pT1N0, or pTisN0), overall mortality (OM), and recurrence. The Kaplan-Meier method and multivariable Cox regression analysis were used to analyze OM. The cumulative incidence method and Fine and Gray's competing risk regression analysis were used to analyze recurrence. RESULTS: The median follow-up duration was 2.1 years for the GC group and 7.4 years for the M-VAC group (P < 0.001). There were no statistically significant differences between the GC and M-VAC groups with regard to CRR (27.3% vs. 17.1%, P = 0.419) or PRR (45.5% vs. 37.1%, P = 0.498). The predicted 5-year freedom from OM rate (P = 0.634) and cumulative incidence of recurrence rate (P = 0.891) did not differ between the GC and M-VAC groups. Multivariable analysis showed that there was no independent association between type of NAC and OM (P = 0.721) or recurrence (P = 0.065). CONCLUSIONS: Pathologic and survival outcomes did not differ in patients who received GC and M-VAC NAC. These data support the use of the GC regimen in the neoadjuvant setting.
    Urologic Oncology 11/2012; · 3.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the outcomes of radical prostatectomy (RP) and pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) for clinically organ confined prostate cancer (CaP) with regional lymph node metastases (pN1) treated in the era of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A single institution cohort of 2,487 men with cT1-T2 CaP treated with open radical prostatectomy and pelvic lymph node dissection between 1988 and 2008 were analyzed. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional regression models were used to analyze overall survival (OS), clinical recurrence-free survival (cRFS), and biochemical recurrence-free survival (bRFS). RESULTS: Overall, 150 out of 2,487 patients (6%) had pN1 disease, with a median follow-up of 10.4 years. The predicted 10-year OS, cRFS, and bRFS rates for patients with pN0 and pN1 were 86% and 74% (Log rank P < 0.001), 97% and 84% (Log rank P < 0.001), and 88% and 57% (Log rank P < 0.001), respectively. In the subset of pN1 patients treated with surgery only (n = 49), the predicted 10-year OS, cRFS, and bRFS rates were 81%, 80%, and 59%, respectively. Exploratory univariate regression analysis showed that age (P = 0.003), total number of lymph nodes identified (P = 0.040), and total number of positive lymph nodes identified (P = 0.004) were associated with OS. Total number of positive lymph nodes (LNs) identified was also significantly associated with cRFS (P = 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of pN1 in patients with cT1-T2 CaP treated with surgery in the era of PSA screening was low. RP and PLND demonstrated therapeutic efficacy in a subset of pN1 patients treated with surgery alone.
    Urologic Oncology 04/2012; · 3.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Evolution of cryotherapy for prostate cancer is likely to result in parenchyma-sparing modifications adjacent to the urethra and neurovascular bundle. Results of initial series of focal therapy to minimize cryosurgery-related morbidity without compromising oncologic control have been encouraging, but limited in short-term outcomes. To retrospectively report (1) median 3.7-yr follow-up experience of primary focal cryotherapy for clinically unilateral prostate cancer with oncologic and functional outcomes, and (2) matched-pair analysis with contemporaneous patients undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP). Over 8.5 yr (September 2002 to March 2011), focal cryoablation (defined as ablation of one lobe) was performed in 73 carefully selected patients with biopsy-proven, clinically unilateral, low-intermediate risk prostate cancer. All patients underwent transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) and Doppler-guided sextant and targeted biopsies at entry. OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Post-therapy follow-up included measuring prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level every 3-6 mo; TRUS biopsies at 6-12 mo and yearly, as indicated; and validated symptom questionnaires. Matched-pair analysis compared oncologic outcomes of focal cryotherapy and RP (matched for age, PSA, clinical stage, and biopsy Gleason score). Complete follow-up was available in 70 patients (median follow-up: 3.7 yr; range: 1-8.5 yr). No patient died or developed metastases. Precryotherapy mean PSA was 5.9 ng/ml and Gleason score was 6 (n=30) or 7 (n=43). Postcryotherapy mean PSA was 1.6 ng/ml (70% reduction compared to precryotherapy; p<0.001). Of 48 patients undergoing postcryotherapy biopsy, 36 (75%) had negative biopsies; positive biopsy for cancer (n=12) occurred in the untreated contralateral (n=11) or treated ipsilateral lobe (n=1). Complete continence (no pads) and potency sufficient for intercourse were documented in 100% and 86% of patients, respectively. Matched-pair comparison of focal cryotherapy and RP revealed similar oncologic outcome, defined as needing salvage treatment. Primary focal cryoablation for low-intermediate risk unilateral cancer affords encouraging oncologic and functional outcomes over a median 3.7-yr follow-up. Close surveillance with follow-up whole-gland biopsies is mandatory.
    European Urology 03/2012; 62(1):55-63. · 10.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine long-term oncological outcomes and complication rates for patients with clinically organ confined prostate adenocarcinoma (PCa) treated with open radical retropubic prostatectomy and pelvic lymph node dissection (RRP/PLND) in the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) era. Outcomes data were obtained from a prospectively maintained prostate cancer database. Patients with cT1/cT2 PCa undergoing RRP/PLND without neoadjuvant therapy between July 1988 and June 2008 were included. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional regression models were used to evaluate factors influencing biochemical recurrence, clinical recurrence, and overall survival (OS). A total of 2487 patients met inclusion criteria, and median follow-up was 7.2 years (range 1-21 years). Of the patients, 49.7% were low risk, 33.2% intermediate risk, and 16.1% high risk by D'Amico criteria, and 6% were LN+. The 10-year biochemical recurrence-free survival (BCRFS) for low-, intermediate-, and high-risk patients was 92%, 83%, and 76%, respectively (P < .001), and 10 year OS was 91%, 83%, and 74%, respectively (P < .001). BCRFS at 10 years was 76% and 88% for patients with positive and negative margins, respectively (P < .001). Of the 2487 patients, 11% developed BCR, and 3.7% experienced CR, with 9 local recurrences. The overall complication rate was 2.3%, and the cancer specific mortality rate was 2%. D'Amico risk group, margin status, and LN status are significantly correlated with outcomes in patients undergoing RRP/PLND for clinically localized PCa. Local recurrence and death from prostate cancer are rare in patients undergoing open RRP/PLND for clinically organ confined disease in the PSA era.
    Urology 03/2012; 79(3):626-31. · 2.42 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Urology - J UROL. 01/2011; 185(4).
  • Journal of Urology - J UROL. 01/2011; 185(4).
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    ABSTRACT: • To determine the actual recurrence risk of patients with a Gleason score (GS) ≤ 6 treated with radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) and bilateral lymphadenectomy in a cohort with long-term follow-up. • The USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center database included 3235 consecutive patients who underwent RRP for prostate cancer between January 1972 and December 2005. We identified 1383 patients with a GS ≤ 6 in prostatectomy specimens. Median follow-up was 8.3 years. Data on pathological and clinical characteristics and outcome were prospectively recorded. • Statistical analysis was performed using the stratified log-rank test and stepwise Cox regression analysis. • A GS of 6 was present in 66%, 5 in 27%, 4 in 5% and 3 or 2 in 3% of cases. Tumour classification was pT2N0 (83%), pT3N0 (14%), pT4N0 (0.1%) and any TN1 (2%). • Positive margins were seen in 18%. Estimated PSA and clinical recurrence rate were 14% and 4% after 10 years and 18% and 6% after 15 years, respectively. In multivariate analysis, N-stage (P < 0.001), T-stage (P= 0.02) and margin status (P < 0.001) were associated with PSA recurrence. • N-stage (P < 0.001) and T-stage (P= 0.01) were associated with clinical recurrence. • Overall, patients with a GS ≤ 6 accounted for 26% of all PSA recurrences and for 20% of all patients with clinical recurrences in the database. • A relatively small proportion of patients with a GS ≤ 6 cancer developed PSA recurrence and/or overt metastasis. However, these patients account for a substantial minority of those who experienced recurrence and metastasis.
    BJU International 01/2011; 108(5):660-4. · 3.05 Impact Factor
  • Ryan Dorin, Siamak Daneshmand, Jie Cai, Gary Lieskovsky
    Journal of Urology - J UROL. 01/2011; 185(4).
  • Ryan Dorin, Siamak Daneshmand, Jie Cai, Gary Lieskovsky
    Journal of Urology - J UROL. 01/2011; 185(4).
  • Journal of Urology - J UROL. 01/2010; 183(4).
  • Journal of Urology - J UROL. 01/2010; 183(4).
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    ABSTRACT: To assess subclinical haemostatic activation and clinical variables to predict bleeding during radical retropubic prostatectomy (RP), as haemostatic activation is common in cancer and might be useful for predicting outcomes, but routine coagulation screening does not correlate with bleeding. Clinical data and blood samples were collected from 153 patients (median age 63 years; prostate-specific antigen, PSA, level 5.92 ng/mL) before RP and lymph node dissection. Plasma was assayed for d-dimer and thrombin-antithrombin complex (TAT). Univariable then multivariable analyses were used to identify associations between plasma markers and clinical variables for bleeding and thrombosis. Most patients (77%) were stage T1c and most (76.5%) had organ-confined cancer (< or =pT2). Pathological Gleason scores were < or =6 in 68 (44.4%) and > or =8 in 14 (9%) of the patients. The median (range) estimated blood loss (EBL) was 400 (50-3000) mL, the median decrease in haemoglobin level 3.5 (-0.1, 6.6) g/dL, and eight men (5.2%) required a transfusion. In the univariable analysis, a lower TAT before RP (P < 0.001) and d-dimer level (P = 0.023) correlated with a greater decline in haemoglobin level. The platelet count, international normalised ratio, and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) did not predict the EBL nor change in haemoglobin level; the eight transfused patients had lower platelet counts before RP (P = 0.004). Higher surgical volume predicted a lower EBL (P < 0.001) and lower decrease in haemoglobin (P < 0.05). Multivariable linear regression showed that TAT remained significant for the decrease in haemoglobin, and surgical volume for EBL and decrease in haemoglobin. Haemostatic activation before RP was associated with significantly less bleeding when assessed by objective measures, predicting the decrease in haemoglobin level better than prothrombin time, aPTT or platelet counts. Current surgeon volume might also predict both subjective and objective bleeding variables.
    BJU International 07/2008; 102(9):1086-91. · 3.05 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Urology - J UROL. 01/2008; 179(4):205-205.
  • Journal of Urology - J UROL. 01/2008; 179(4):648-648.
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    ABSTRACT: Chemotherapy resistance is a significant contributor to treatment failure and death in men with hormone-refractory prostate cancer. One unexplored mechanism for drug resistance is the induction of stress response proteins referred to as the glucose-regulated proteins (GRPs). We sought to determine the level of expression of GRP78, the best characterized GRP in lymph node-positive prostate cancer. Archived, paraffin-embedded, radical prostatectomy specimens were obtained from 153 patients with lymph node-positive prostate cancer (stage D1). The level of GRP78 expression was determined by immunohistochemistry. We assessed the expression and specificity of GRP78 immunoreactivity in benign prostatic tissue, prostate cancer, and lymph node metastasis. We correlated the intensity of immunopositivity with prostate cancer recurrence and survival. Whereas immunohistochemical staining demonstrated that all prostate tissue was immunoreactive for GRP78, the intensity of expression was markedly higher in the primary tumor compared with areas of benign epithelium. GRP78 expression was also evident in lymph node metastases although less intensely than in the primary tumor. Patients with strong GRP78 immunoreactivity in the primary tumor are at higher risk for clinical recurrence (relative risk = 2.0, P = .019) and death (relative risk = 1.8, P = .024) than patients with weak GRP78 expression. This finding confirms that GRP78 protein expression is significantly higher in prostate cancer than in benign prostatic tissue. The intensity of expression is significantly associated with survival and clinical recurrence. GRP78 has considerable potential not only as a prognostic indicator but also as a potential therapeutic target.
    Human Pathlogy 11/2007; 38(10):1547-52. · 2.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To provide future mapping analysis of lymph node positive disease we modified our lymphadenectomy at radical cystectomy for bladder cancer from an en bloc packet to 13 separate nodal packets. We evaluated the clinical and pathological findings resulting from this modification. A total of 1,359 patients underwent en bloc radical cystectomy and extended lymphadenectomy for bladder cancer. They were compared to 262 patients who underwent radical cystectomy and extended lymphadenectomy with lymph nodes submitted in 13 distinct nodal packets. Overall 317 patients (23%) of the en bloc group (group 1) and 66 of the 262 (25%) in the separately packaged group (group 2) had node positive disease. Clinical and pathological findings were analyzed to compare these 2 groups of patients. Although the incidence of lymph node positivity was not different, the median number of total lymph nodes removed in group 2 was significantly higher than that in group 1 (68, range 14 to 132 vs 31, range 1 to 96, p<0.001). A trend toward more lymph nodes involved was observed in group 2 compared to group 1 (3, range 1 to 91 vs 2, range 1 to 63, p=0.062). These findings significantly lowered median lymph node density in group 2 compared to that in group 1 (6% vs 9%, p=0.006). Although the overall incidence of lymph node positive disease was not different, the submission of 13 separate nodal packets at radical cystectomy significantly increased the total number of lymph nodes removed/analyzed and identified a slightly higher number of positive lymph nodes compared to en bloc submission.
    The Journal of Urology 04/2007; 177(3):876-81; discussion 881-2. · 3.70 Impact Factor
  • Thrombosis Research - THROMB RES. 01/2007; 120.
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    ABSTRACT: We review our 20-year experience with salvage radical prostatectomy to determine prognostic variables predictive of oncological control of radiorecurrent prostate cancer. Using a standardized questionnaire we also evaluate outcome data regarding the long-term sexual and urinary effects of salvage radical prostatectomy. Between 1983 and 2002 salvage radical prostatectomy was performed in 51 patients with locally recurrent prostate cancer following definitive radiotherapy. Clinical information was obtained from a prospective database. Quality of life data were collected using the UCLA Prostate Cancer Index, a validated, patient administered instrument. At 5 years 47% of patients were progression-free without androgen deprivation therapy. Among patients with pT2 disease 100% were progression-free at 5 years, compared with 35% of patients with pT3N0 disease or higher and 0% of patients with node positive (pTxN+) disease (p < 0.001). Preoperative PSA 5.0 ng/ml or less was predictive of organ confined disease, and strongly associated with prolonged progression-free and overall survival (p < 0.001 and 0.01, respectively). Mean urinary function scores for patients with or without an artificial urinary sphincter compared favorably with scores reported after standard, nonsalvage prostatectomy. Sexual dysfunction was nearly uniform in patients undergoing standard salvage radical prostatectomy but implantation of a penile prosthesis was associated with a clinically significant improvement in sexual function. When initiated early in the course of recurrent disease, salvage radical prostatectomy provides excellent oncological control of radiorecurrent prostate cancer without the need for androgen ablation. Implantation of an artificial urinary sphincter and inflatable penile prosthesis devices in patients with postoperative urinary incontinence or erectile dysfunction results in significantly improved quality of life parameters.
    The Journal of Urology 11/2006; 176(5):2025-31; discussion 2031-2. · 3.70 Impact Factor

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5k Citations
487.35 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 1987–2012
    • University of Southern California
      • • Department of Urology
      • • Department of Pathology
      • • Department of Radiation Oncology
      • • Department of Surgery
      • • Department of Radiology
      Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 1988–2006
    • University of California, Los Angeles
      • • Department of Urology
      • • Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
      • • Department of Radiation Oncology
      Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 1997
    • KU Leuven
      • Department of Human Genetics
      Leuven, VLG, Belgium
  • 1996
    • Yale University
      New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • 1992
    • City of Hope National Medical Center
      Duarte, California, United States
  • 1984–1985
    • Keck School of Medicine USC
      Los Angeles, California, United States