Obesity, risk of biochemical recurrence, and prostate-specific antigen doubling time after radical prostatectomy: results from the SEARCH database.

Journal Article


To examine the association between body mass index (BMI) and aggressive biochemical recurrence (BCR) using the Shared Equal Access Regional Cancer Hospital (SEARCH) database.

Material and methods

We identified 4123 men with complete data treated by radical prostatectomy between 1988 and 2015. We tested the association between BMI and BCR using Cox models, and among men with BCR, prostate-specific antigen doubling time (PSADT) was compared across BMI categories using linear regression. Models were adjusted for age, race, prostate-specific antigen, biopsy Gleason score, clinical stage, year and surgical centre.


Overall, 922 men (22%) were of normal weight (BMI <25 kg/m2 ), 1863 (45%) were overweight (BMI 25-29.9 kg/m2 ), 968 (24%) were obese (BMI 30-34.9 kg/m2 ), and 370 (9%) were moderately or severely obese (BMI ≥35 kg/m2 ). After adjustment for multiple clinical characteristics, higher BMI was significantly associated with higher risk of BCR (P = 0.008). Among men with BCR, men in the four BMI categories had similar multivariable-adjusted PSADT values (increasing BMI categories: 20.9 vs 21.3 vs 21.0 vs 14.9 months; P = 0.48).


While we confirmed that higher BMI was associated with BCR, we found no link between BMI and PSADT at the time of recurrence. Our data suggest obese men do not have more aggressive recurrences. Future studies are needed to test whether obesity predicts response to salvage therapies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Freedland, SJ; Branche, BL; Howard, LE; Hamilton, RJ; Aronson, WJ; Terris, MK; Cooperberg, MR; Amling, CL; Kane, CJ; SEARCH Database Study Group,

Published Date

  • July 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 124 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 69 - 75

PubMed ID

  • 30347135

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30347135

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1464-410X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1464-4096

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/bju.14594


  • eng