Patient-reported functional outcome measures and treatment choice for prostate cancer.

The aim of this study was to describe changes in patient-reported functional outcome measures (PROMs) comparing pre-treatment and 12 months after radical prostatectomy (RP), external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), brachytherapy and active surveillance (AS).

Men enrolled from 2010 to 2019 in the South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative registry a prospective clinical registry were studied. Urinary, bowel, and sexual functions were measured using Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite (EPIC-26) at baseline and 12 months post-treatment. Higher scores on the EPIC-26 indicate better function. Multivariable regression models were applied to compare differences in function and extent of bother by treatment.

Of the 4926 eligible men, 57.0% underwent RP, 20.5% EBRT, 7.0% brachytherapy and 15.5% AS. While baseline urinary and bowel function varied little across treatment groups, sexual function differed greatly (adjusted mean scores: RP = 56.3, EBRT = 45.8, brachytherapy = 61.4, AS = 52.8; p < 0.001). Post-treatment urinary continence and sexual function declined in all treatment groups, with the greatest decline for sexual function after RP (adjusted mean score change - 28.9). After adjustment for baseline differences, post-treatment sexual function scores after EBRT (6.4; 95%CI, 0.9-12.0) and brachytherapy (17.4; 95%CI, 9.4-25.5) were higher than after RP. Likewise, urinary continence after EBRT (13.6; 95%CI, 9.0-18.2), brachytherapy (10.6; 95%CI, 3.9-17.3) and AS (10.6; 95%CI, 5.9-15.3) were higher than after RP. Conversely, EBRT was associated with lower bowel function (- 7.9; 95%CI, - 12.4 to - 3.5) than RP. EBRT and AS were associated with lower odds of sexual bother (OR 0.51; 95%CI, 0.29-0.89 and OR 0.60; 95%CI, 0.38-0.96, respectively), and EBRT with higher odds of bowel bother (OR 2.01; 95%CI, 1.23-3.29) compared with RP.

The four common treatment approaches for prostate cancer were associated with different patterns of patient-reported functional outcomes, both pre- and 12 months post-treatment. However, after adjustment, RP was associated with a greater decline in urinary continence and sexual function than other treatments. This study underscores the importance of collecting baseline PROMs to interpret post-treatment functional outcomes.

BMC urology. 2022 Nov 05*** epublish ***

Tenaw Tiruye, Michael O'Callaghan, Kim Moretti, Alex Jay, Braden Higgs, Kerry Santoro, Terry Boyle, Kerry Ettridge, Kerri Beckmann

Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health Research Group, Allied Health and Human Performance, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. ., South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative, Adelaide, South Australia., Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health Research Group, Allied Health and Human Performance, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia., Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, South Australia., Urology Unit, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia., Australian Centre for Precision Health, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia., Health Policy Centre, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, South Australia.

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