[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We compared the effects of alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker (α-blocker) monotherapy with those of combination therapy with α-blocker and 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) progression for over 10 years.
A total of 620 patients with BPH who received α-blocker monotherapy (α-blocker group, n=368) or combination therapy (combination group, n=252) as their initial treatment were enrolled from January 1989 to June 2000. The incidences of acute urinary retention (AUR) and BPH-related surgery were compared between the two groups. Incidences stratified by follow-up period, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and prostate volume (PV) were compared between the two groups.
The incidence of AUR was 13.6% (50/368) in the α-blocker group and 2.8% (7/252) in the combination group (p<0.001). A total of 8.4% (31/368) and 3.2% (8/252) of patients underwent BPH-related surgery in the α-blocker and combination groups, respectively (p=0.008). According to the follow-up period, the incidence of AUR was significantly decreased in combination group. However, the incidence of BPH-related surgery was significantly reduced after 7 years of combination therapy. Cutoff levels of PSA and PV for reducing the incidences of AUR and BPH-related surgery were 2.0 ng/ml and 35 g, respectively (p<0.001).
Long-term combination therapy with α-blocker and 5-ARI can suppress the progression of BPH more efficiently than α-blocker monotherapy. For patients with BPH with PSA >2.0 ng/ml or PV >35 ml, combination therapy promises a better effect for reducing the risk of BPH progression.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation between the expression of claudins and prognostic factors in patients with prostate cancer.
The subjects of this study were 48 patients who had undergone surgery for prostate cancer. The Gleason score (6 or lower, 7 or higher), prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, T stage, biochemical recurrence, local recurrence, and distant metastasis were compared according to the expression of claudin-1 and claudin-5 in prostate cancer.
In the group with a low expression of claudin-1, the Gleason score was 7 points or higher in 18 cases (82%) and 6 points or lower in 4 cases (18%). In the group with a high expression of claudin-1, the Gleason score was 7 points or higher in 13 cases (50%) and 6 points or lower in 13 cases (50%). Thus, the low-expression group had more cases with a Gleason score of 7 or higher (p=0.022). The group with a low expression of claudin-5 also had more cases with a Gleason score of 7 or higher (p=0.011). The mean PSA values in the groups with a low and high expression of claudin-1 were 9.6 ng/ml and 5.6 ng/ml, respectively (p=0.007). A low expression of claudin-5 was also associated with a high PSA value (p=0.002). There was no statistical difference in the expression of claudin-1 and claudin-5 by T stage, biochemical recurrence, local recurrence, or distant metastasis.
The low expression of claudin-1, claudin-5 was associated with a Gleason score of 7 or higher and a high PSA value in prostate cancer.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Asymptomatic chronic inflammation of the prostate is a common finding in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). We investigated how the chronic inflammation affects medical treatment for BPH.
One pathologist reviewed the chronic inflammation of 82 BPH patients who underwent transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS)-guided needle biopsy. The extent of chronic inflammation was classified into 4 grades, categorized into two groups: the low-grade group and the high-grade group. We compared total, voiding, and storage International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) and quality of life (QoL) between the groups at baseline and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after medical treatment for BPH.
There were no significant differences in total IPSS or QoL between the groups during the follow-up period. The low-grade group showed continuous improvement of storage symptoms until 12 months; however, the high-grade group showed improvement until 3 months. Maximal improvements of QoL were observed at 6 months in the high-grade group and at 3 months in the low-grade group. There was no episode of surgery in the low-grade group, but four patients in the high-grade group (9.1%) underwent surgical treatment due to acute urinary retention or insufficient therapeutic response.
Although there was no statistical significance, improvements in IPSS were higher and lasted longer in the low-grade group. We might suggest medical treatment for intraprostatic chronic inflammation in BPH patients.