Early and multiple PSA bounces can occur following high-dose prostate stereotactic body radiation therapy: Subset analysis of a phase 1/2 trial

D. Nathan Kim, Christopher Straka, L. Chinsoo Cho, Yair Lotan, Jingsheng Yan, Brian Kavanagh, David Raben, Susan Cooley, Jeffrey Brindle, Xian-Jin Xie, David Pistenmaa, Robert Timmerman

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Purpose: We hypothesized that high-dose stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) would lead to faster time to nadir and lower nadir values compared with conventional radiation therapy experiences. We now report prostate-specific antigen (PSA) kinetics following high-dose SBRT in patients treated with radiation alone. Methods and materials: Ninety-one patients were enrolled on the phase 1/2 dose escalation study of SBRT for localized prostate cancer. All patients with at least 36 months of follow-up and without hormone therapy were included in this analysis (n = 47). Treatment response parameters evaluated include time to nadir, nadir value, occurrence of PSA bounces (rise of ≥0.2 ng/mL followed by a subsequent fall), magnitude of bounces, duration of bounces, and correlation of bounces with clinical outcomes. Results: Median follow-up was 42 months (range, 36-78 months). Treatment dose levels were 45 Gy (n = 10), 47.5 Gy (n = 8), and 50 Gy (n = 29) in 5 fractions. Biochemical control rate was 98%. Median PSA at follow-up was 0.10 ± 0.20 ng/mL. Median time to nadir was 36 ± 11 months. A total of 24/47 (51.1%) patients had ≥1 PSA bounce. Median magnitude of PSA rise during bounce was 0.50 ± 1.2 ng/mL. Median time to first bounce was 9 ± 7.0 months. Median bounce duration was 3 ± 2.3 months for the first bounce and 6 ± 5.2 months for subsequent bounces. Prostate volumes <30 mL were associated with a decreased likelihood of bounce (P = .0202), and increasing prostate volume correlated with increasingly likelihood of having ≥2 bounces (P = .027). Patients reaching PSA nadir of ≤0.1 ng/mL were less likely to experience any bounce (P = .0044). Conclusions: Compared with other SBRT experiences, our study demonstrated a higher PSA bounce rate, a similar or shorter median time to bounce, and a very low nadir. Prostate volume appears correlated with bounce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPractical Radiation Oncology
StateAccepted/In press - May 10 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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