Measuring testosterone and testosterone replacement therapy in men receiving androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer: A survey of UK uro-oncologists' opinions and practice

To explore the practice and attitudes of uro-oncologists in the UK regarding monitoring testosterone levels and the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in their prostate cancer patients treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).

An expert-devised online questionnaire was completed by members of the British Uro-oncology Group (BUG).

Of 160 uro-oncologists invited, 84 completed the questionnaire. Before initiating ADT in patients with non-metastatic prostate cancer, only 45% of respondents measured testosterone levels and 61% did not measure testosterone at all during ADT in the adjuvant or neoadjuvant setting. However, in men with metastatic prostate cancer, 71% of the uro-oncologists measured testosterone before starting ADT and the majority continued testing during treatment. Approximately two-thirds of respondents did not prescribe TRT for their patients who were in remission following neo(adjuvant) ADT and who had castration levels of testosterone.

Among UK uro-oncologists, measurement of testosterone levels before and during ADT was not typically part of routine practice in the management of patients with prostate cancer. However, testosterone levels were checked more frequently for patients with metastatic disease than disease at an earlier stage. Testing could be conducted in parallel with PSA measurement as testosterone levels are linked to biochemical failure. The majority of specialists participating in the survey did not prescribe TRT for their patients in remission following ADT.

Uro-oncologists in the UK do not generally measure testosterone as part of their patient management and they remain cautious about the possible benefits of TRT in men with prostate cancer. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

International journal of clinical practice. 2018 Nov 10 [Epub ahead of print]

Heather Payne, Rhona McMenemin, Amit Bahl, Damian Greene, John Staffurth

University College London Hospitals, London, UK., The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK., University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol, UK., City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland, UK., Division of Cancer and Genetics, School of Medicine, Cardiff University and Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, UK.