Survival of patients with small cell carcinoma of the prostate during 1973-2003: A population-based study

Divisions of Urology Biostatistics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
BJU International (Impact Factor: 3.53). 08/2011; 109(6):824-30. DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10523.x
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To describe the survival of patients with primary small cell carcinoma (SCC) of the prostate and assess prognostic factors based on a large population sample.
A total of 241 cases of SCC of the prostate were reported to the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registries from 1973 to 2003 of which 191 cases were included in our study. We used the Kaplan-Meier method for estimating survival, and Cox proportional hazard regression modelling to evaluate prognostic variables.
The overall age-adjusted incidence rate was 0.278 per 1,000,000 (95% confidence interval, 0.239-0.323). In all, 60.5% presented as metastatic disease compared with 39.5% who presented as local/regional disease (P= 0.012). The 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 months observed survival rates were 47.9%, 27.5%, 19%, 17% and 14.3% respectively. On univariate analyses, age <60, concomitant low-grade prostatic adenocarcinoma, absence of metastasis, prostatectomy and radiation therapy were favourable prognostic factors. In multivariate regression modelling, age, pathology and stage were strong predictors of survival.
Using the SEER database, we present the largest study describing the epidemiology of primary SCC of the prostate. We found age, concomitant low-grade prostatic adenocarcinoma, and stage of the disease to be the strongest predictors of survival for patients with prostatic SCC. Future studies evaluating a broader range of clinical and molecular markers are needed to refine the prognostic model of this relatively rare disease.

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    • "Unlike the scattered NE cells in normal or benign prostate, the NE tumor cells in SCPC are highly proliferative, metastatic, and resistant to most conventional therapies. As a result, SCPC is invariably fatal with most patients dying within 2 years of diagnosis despite very aggressive chemotherapeutic regimens (16–18). To date, the origin of these tumors remains uncertain. "
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    • "However, compared with their younger counterparts, older patients with SCCP had a two-fold higher risk of dying from their prostate cancer. Our study is consistent with the previous finding that older age is an independently poor prognostic factor in patients with SCCP.35 Further research is needed to clarify whether this age-related poor outcome is simply the consequence of comorbid conditions, suboptimal chemotherapy, treatment-related side effects with advancing age, or the results of age-specific differences in tumor biology and dysregulation of the oncogenic pathway.36,37 "
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of age on clinical presentation, treatment, and outcomes for patients with small-cell carcinoma of the prostate (SCCP) are unclear. A retrospective review was performed on 259 patients who were identified with SCCP in the national Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registry from January 1973 to December 2004. The patients were categorized into two groups according to age at diagnosis, ie, younger than 75 years (n = 158, 61%) or 75 years and older (n = 101, 39%). Patient and treatment characteristics and cancer-specific survival were compared between the groups. Multivariate analysis was performed to identify independent prognostic factors associated with cancer-specific survival. The median age of the patients was 72 (30-95) years. There was no significant difference in terms of tumor characteristics, concomitant adenocarcinoma grade, SEER stage, and treatment (including prostatectomy and radiation therapy) received between the groups. Median cancer-specific survival was 19 months (95% confidence interval 13-25). By multivariate Cox proportional hazard modeling, older age group (hazard ratio [HR] 1.95; P = 0.001), concomitant high-grade adenocarcinoma (HR 7.13; P = 0.007), and not having prostatectomy (HR 3.77; P = 0.005) were found to be significant independent predictors of poor cancer-specific survival. Older patients with SCCP had increased risk of poor cancer-specific survival. Whether this age-related poor outcome can be attributed to more aggressive tumor biology in older patients, or is simply a refection of age-related poor performance status and suboptimal chemotherapy needs further investigation.
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    • "The prognosis of PSCNC is extremely poor (9). With regard to the prognosis of primary PSCNC, Deorah et al(10) reported that the median survival periods for patients with the local/regional disease (a primary tumor and regional lymph node metastasis only) and metastatic disease were 15 and 7 months, respectively, and the 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60-month survival rates were 47.9, 27.5, 19, 17 and 14.3%, respectively. Furthermore, mixed adenocarcinoma-type patients live 3–5 months longer than patients with pure small cell carcinoma (7,8). "
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