Short androgen suppression and radiation dose escalation for intermediate-and high-risk localized prostate cancer: Results of EORTC trial 22991

Michel Bolla, Philippe Maingon, Christian Carrie, Salvador Villa, Petros Kitsios, Philip M. P. Poortmans, Santhanam Sundar, Elzbieta M. van der Steen-Banasik, John Armstrong, Jean-François Bosset, Fernanda G. Herrera, Bradley Pieters, Annerie Slot, Amit Bahl, Rahamim Ben-Yosef, Dirk Boehmer, Christopher Scrase, Laurette Renard, Emad Shash, Corneel CoensAlphonsus C. M. van den Bergh, Laurence Collette

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Purpose Up to 30% of patients who undergo radiation for intermediate- or high-risk localized prostate cancer relapse biochemically within 5 years. We assessed if biochemical disease-free survival (DFS) is improved by adding 6 months of androgen suppression (AS; two injections of every-3-months depot of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonist) to primary radiotherapy (RT) for intermediate- or high-risk localized prostate cancer. Patients and Methods A total of 819 patients staged: (1) cT1b-c, with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) $ 10 ng/mL or Gleason$7, or (2) cT2a (International Union Against Cancer TNM1997),with no involvement of pelvic lymph nodes and no clinical evidence of metastatic spread, with PSA # 50 ng/mL, were centrally randomized 1:1 to either RT or RT plus AS started on day 1 of RT. Centers opted for one dose (70, 74, or 78 Gy). Biochemical DFS, the primary end point, was defined from entry until PSA relapse (Phoenix criteria) and clinical relapse by imaging or death of any cause. The trial had 80%power to detect hazard ratio (HR), 0.714 by intent-to-treat analysis stratified by dose of RT at the two-sided a = 5%. Results The median patient age was 70 years. Among patients, 74.8% were intermediate risk and 24.8% were high risk. In the RT arm, 407 of 409 patients received RT; in the RT plus AS arm, 403 patients received RT plus AS and three patients received RT only. At 7.2 years median follow-up, RT plus AS significantly improved biochemical DFS (HR, 0.52; 95% CI, 0.41 to 0.66; P , .001, with 319 events), as well as clinical progression-free survival (205 events, HR, 0.63; 95% CI, 0.48 to 0.84; P = .001). In exploratory analysis, no statistically significant interaction between treatment effect and dose of RT could be evidenced (heterogeneity P = .79 and P = .66, for biochemical DFS and progression-free survival, respectively). Overall survival data are not mature yet. Conclusion Six months of concomitant and adjuvant AS improves biochemical and clinical DFS of intermediateand high-risk cT1b-c to cT2a (with no involvement of pelvic lymph nodes and no clinical evidence of metastatic spread) prostatic carcinoma, treated by radiation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1748-1756
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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