Combination external beam radiation and brachytherapy boost with androgen suppression for treatment of intermediate-risk prostate cancer: an initial report of CALGB 99809.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

PURPOSE: Transperineal prostate brachytherapy (TPPB) can be used with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) to provide a high-dose conformal boost to the prostate. The results of a multicenter Phase II trial assessing safety of combination of EBRT and TPPB boost with androgen suppression (AST) in treatment of intermediate-risk prostate cancer are present here. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients had intermediate-risk prostate cancer. Six months of AST was administered. EBRT to the prostate and seminal vesicles was administered to 45Gy followed by TPPB using either (125)I or (103)Pd to deliver an additional 100Gy or 90Gy. Toxicity was graded using the National Cancer Institute CTC version 2 and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group late radiation morbidity scoring systems. RESULTS: Sixty-three patients were enrolled. Median follow-up was 38 months. Side effects of AST including sexual dysfunction and vasomotor symptoms were commonly observed. Apart from erectile dysfunction, short-term Grade 2 and 3 toxicity was noted in 21% and 7%, primarily genitourinary related. Long-term Grade 2 and 3 toxicities were noted in 13% and 3%. Two patients had Grade 3 dysuria that resolved with longer follow-up. The most common Grade 2 long-term toxicity was urinary frequency (5%). No biochemical or clinical evidence of progression was noted for the entire cohort. CONCLUSIONS: In a cooperative group setting, combination EBRT and TPPB boost with 6 months of AST was generally well tolerated with expected genitourinary and gastrointestinal toxicities. Further follow-up will be required to fully assess long-term toxicity and cancer control.

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Cited Authors

  • Hurwitz, MD; Halabi, S; Ou, S-S; McGinnis, LS; Keuttel, MR; Dibiase, SJ; Small, EJ

Published Date

  • November 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 814 - 819

PubMed ID

  • 18407435

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-355X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2008.01.010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States