Technological advances in radiotherapy have led to the introduction of techniques such as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), allowing the administration of ablative doses. The hypothesis that oligometastatic disease may be cured through local eradication therapies has led to the increasing use of SBRT in patients with this type of disease.
At the same time, scientific advances are being made to allow the confirmation of clinically suspected oligometastatic status at molecular level. There is growing interest in identifying patients with oligometastatic prostate cancer (PCa) who may benefit from curative intent metastasis-directed therapy, including SBRT. The aim is to complement, replace or delay the introduction of hormone therapy or other systemic therapies. The present review aims to compile the evidence from the main ongoing studies and results on SBRT in relation to oligometastatic PCa; examine aspects where gaps in knowledge or a lack of consensus persist (e.g., optimum schemes, response assessment, identification and diagnosis of oligometastatic patients); and document the lack of first-level evidence supporting the use of such techniques.
World journal of clinical oncology. 2019 Feb 24 [Epub]
Amalia Palacios-Eito, Amelia Béjar-Luque, Milagrosa Rodríguez-Liñán, Sonia García-Cabezas
Department of Radiation Oncology, Reina Sofia University Hospital, Cordoba 14004, Spain., Department of Radiation Oncology, Reina Sofia University Hospital, Cordoba 14004, Spain. .