Cancer-specific and other-cause mortality after radical prostatectomy versus observation in patients with prostate cancer: Competing-risks analysis of a large North American population-based cohort - Abstract

Cancer Prognostics and Health Outcomes Unit, University of Montreal Health Centre, Montreal, Canada.

Department of Urology, Vita Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy.



Initial treatment options for low-risk clinically localized prostate cancer (PCa) include radical prostatectomy (RP) or observation.

To examine cancer-specific mortality (CSM) after accounting for other-cause mortality (OCM) in PCa patients treated with either RP or observation.

Using the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Medicare-linked database, a total of 44 694 patients ≥65 yr with localized (T1/2) PCa were identified (1992-2005).

Intervention: RP and observation.

Propensity-score matching was used to adjust for potential selection biases associated with treatment type. The matched cohort was randomly divided into the development and validation sets. Competing-risks regression models were fitted and a competing-risks nomogram was developed and externally validated.

Overall, 22 244 (49.8%) patients were treated with RP versus 22450 (50.2%) with observation. Propensity score-matched analyses derived 11 669 matched pairs. In the development cohort, the 10-yr CSM rate was 2.8% (2.3-3.5%) for RP versus 5.8% (5.0-6.6%) for observation (absolute risk reduction: 3.0%; relative risk reduction: 0.5%; p< 0.001). In multivariable analyses, the CSM hazard ratio for RP was 0.48 (0.38-0.59) relative to observation (p< 0.001). The competing-risks nomogram discrimination was 73% and 69% for prediction of CSM and OCM, respectively, in external validation. The nature of observational data may have introduced a selection bias.

On average RP reduces the risk of CSM by half in patients aged ≥65 yr, relative to observation. The individualized protective effect of RP relative to observation may be quantified with our nomogram.

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Abdollah F, Sun M, Schmitges J, Tian Z, Jeldres C, Briganti A, Shariat SF, Perrotte P, Montorsi F, Karakiewicz PI.   Are you the author?

Reference: Eur Urol. 2011 Jun 29. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2011.06.039

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PMID: 21741762 Prostate Cancer Section