[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine the prostate cancer incidence, anatomic distribution, Gleason score profile, and tumor burden in patients diagnosed by transperineal template-guided saturation biopsy (TTSB).
One hundred and two patients underwent TTSB; all but one patient had undergone at least one prior negative TRUS biopsy. Criteria for inclusion included an elevated PSA and/or the diagnosis of ASAP or high-grade PIN on prior biopsy. The prostate gland was divided into 24 regional biopsy locations. The median number of biopsy cores was 50. Multiple clinical parameters were evaluated as predictors for prostate cancer diagnosis.
The mean patient age was 64.8 yr with a mean PSA of 9.1 ng/ml and a prostate volume of 78.6 cm(3). On average, patients had undergone 2.1 prior negative TRUS biopsies with a mean of 22.4 core biopsies. Prostate cancer was diagnosed in 43 patients (42.2%) with a Gleason score distribution of 6-9. No anatomic region of the prostate gland was spared of cancer. In patients with prostate cancer, an average of 9.9 cores were involved. In multivariate analysis, prostate volume was the best predictor for prostate cancer diagnosis.
TTBS diagnosed prostate cancer in 42.2% of patients. Considerable anatomic variability in prostate cancer distribution was documented. On the basis of this and other reports, cancer eradication will depend on treatment of the entire prostate gland.
European Urology 10/2007; 52(3):715-23. · 12.48 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To evaluate the effect of prostate brachytherapy with or without supplemental therapies on long-term rectal function by means of a patient-administered quality-of-life instrument.
As part of an ongoing prospective evaluation, 164 of an initial 209 patients who remain alive were mailed the Rectal Function Assessment Score (R-FAS) with a prestamped return envelope. R-FAS range from 0 to 27 with lower scores being indicative of better bowel function. Of the 162 eligible patients, 161 (99.4%) returned the survey. Median follow-up was 9.0 years (range 8.2-11.2 years). Clinical, treatment, and dosimetric parameters evaluated for bowel function included patient age, diabetes, hypertension, tobacco consumption, clinical T stage, elapsed time since brachytherapy, ultrasound volume, planning target volume, androgen deprivation therapy, supplemental external beam radiation, isotope, rectal dose, prostate D100/D150/D200, and prostate D90.
For the entire cohort, the current R-FAS was 3.59, which represented a nonstatistical improvement from prior surveys in 1999 (4.29) and 2002 (3.92) (P=0.134). Only 16 patients (9.9%) reported bowel function to be worse after brachytherapy. Of the clinical, treatment, and dosimetric parameters evaluated, only the number of preimplant bowel movements, tobacco use, and diabetes correlated with R-FAS. Despite lower rectal doses with Pd, isotope did not predict for bowel function. Consistent with prior surveys, patient perception of overall rectal quality of life was inversely related to supplemental external beam radiation (P=0.027).
Prostate brachytherapy adversely affects bowel function. However, in most patients the changes are minimal and slowly resolve with time. Overall rectal quality of life is inversely related to supplemental external beam radiation.
The Cancer Journal 01/2007; 13(2):95-104. · 3.61 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To identify the location of pretreatment and posttreatment colorectal malignancies and posttreatment colorectal polyps in patients with clinically localized prostate cancer managed with brachytherapy.
From April 1995 through July 2004, 1,351 consecutive patients underwent brachytherapy for clinical stage T1b-T3a (American Joint Committee on Cancer, 2002) prostate cancer. Supplemental external beam radiotherapy (XRT) was administered to 699 patients. The median follow-up was 4.6 years. Operative and pathology reports were reviewed for all patients with pretreatment and posttreatment colorectal cancer and posttreatment colorectal polyps. Multiple parameters were evaluated for the development of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps.
Colorectal cancer was diagnosed in 23 and 25 patients before and after prostate brachytherapy, respectively. No differences were identified in the distribution of colorectal cancers either before or after treatment (3 and 4 rectal cancers in the pre- and postbrachytherapy cohorts). Thirty-five of the 48 colorectal cancers (73%) were diagnosed within 5 years of brachytherapy with a peak incidence 1 year after brachytherapy. One hundred ninety-two colorectal polyps were diagnosed after brachytherapy, 160 (83%) occurred within 4 years of brachytherapy, and only 27 (14%) were located in the rectum. In multivariate Cox regression analysis, prostate D(90) (minimum percentage of the dose covering 90% of the target volume) predicted for posttreatment colorectal cancer. Rectal polyps were most closely related to patient age and percent positive biopsies, whereas sigmoid/colon polyps were best predicted by patient age, planning volume, and supplemental XRT.
Colorectal cancer was diagnosed with equal frequency before and after brachytherapy with comparable geographic distributions. In addition, the vast majority of postbrachytherapy colorectal polyps were located beyond the confines of the rectum.
International Journal of Radiation OncologyBiologyPhysics 10/2006; 66(1):48-55. · 4.18 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To determine if the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) before seed implantation, stratified into mild (0-7), moderate (8-19) and severe (>20) categories, predicts brachytherapy-related morbidity in terms of IPSS resolution, catheter dependency and the need for surgical intervention after brachytherapy.
From January 1998 to September 2003, 1034 consecutive patients had permanent interstitial brachytherapy for clinical stage T1b-T3a NXM0 (2002 system) prostate cancer. Of the 1034 patients, 739 (71.5%) presented with an IPSS of 0-7, 287 (27.7%) of 8-19, and eight (0.8%) of > or = 20. The IPSS 8-19 cohort was further stratified into 8-14 (237 men) and 15-19 (50 men) subgroups. The median follow-up was 38.2 months. In all patients, an alpha-blocker was initiated before brachytherapy and continued at least until the IPSS normalized, the latter defined as a return to within 1 point of that before implantation. A median of 21 IPSS questionnaires were obtained per patient. Several clinical, treatment and dosimetric variables were evaluated as predictors of urinary morbidity.
For the entire cohort, the IPSS peaked at a mean of 0.5 months after implantation and resolved at a mean of 1.7 months. At 5 years after brachytherapy, 90.1% of patients at risk (88.8%, 95.5%, and four of eight patients with a pre-implant IPSS of 0-7, 8-19 and > or = 20, respectively) were within the IPSS 0-7 category. Compared to the pre-implant IPSS, 13 patients (8%) were assigned to a higher IPSS severity category. Neither prolonged urinary catheter dependency (>5 days; 16 patients, 1.5%) or transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP, 17 patients, 1.6%) depended on the pre-implant IPSS subgroup. In Cox regression analysis, IPSS resolution was best predicted by pre-implant IPSS, prolonged catheter dependency by patient age, and TURP by any catheter dependency, the maximum IPSS increase and the maximum urethral dose.
The IPSS before implantation predicted the resolution of IPSS after brachytherapy, but did not correlate with substantial urinary morbidity, including catheter dependency or the need for TURP. At 5 years after brachytherapy, 90.1% of patients at risk were assigned to the IPSS 0-7 category.
BJU International 02/2006; 97(1):62-8. · 3.13 Impact Factor