Influence of obesity on tumour volume in patients with prostate cancer - Abstract

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

Department of Pathology, Scientific Institute Hospital San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.



Study Type - Prognosis (individual chort) Level of Evidence 2b.

What's known on the subject? and What does the study add? Obesity is associated with more aggressive prostate cancer. Prostate cancer tumor volume is affected by excess weight, after adjustment for all possible clinical and pathological confounders.

To investigate the association between body mass index and tumour volume at radical prostatectomy in a large European population.

Recent data support the hypothesis that the hormonal environment in overweight and obese men may alter androgen-dependent prostate growth. Body mass index (BMI) has been implicated in prostate cancer pathophysiology. We analysed 1275 patients with prostate cancer who underwent radical prostatectomy at a single tertiary care institution. Mean tumour volume (TV) was evaluated according to BMI WHO categories (normal < 25 kg/m(2) vs overweight 25-30 kg/m(2) vs obese 30-35 kg/m(2) vs severely obese >35 kg/m(2) ).  Univariable linear regression analyses targeted the association between BMI and TV at radical prostatectomy. Multivariable analyses were adjusted for age, prostate-specific antigen value, biopsy Gleason sum, clinical stage and prostate volume.

Mean BMI was 26.3 kg/m(2) (median 26; range 16.7-42.0). Mean TV was 5.6 mL (median 3.3; range 0.1-61.2). The mean prostate-specific antigen value was 10.3 ng/dL (median 6.6; range 0.3-327). The mean TV was 5.0, 5.8, 6.3 and 9.2 mL in normal, overweight, obese and severely obese patients, respectively (P= 0.03). TVs in men with a normal BMI were 84% smaller than in severely obese men (5.0 vs 9.2 mL).  On univariable analysis, BMI was correlated with TV at radical prostatectomy (P < 0.001). On multivariable analysis, BMI reached the independent predictor status after adjustment for age, prostate-specific antigen value, biopsy Gleason score, clinical stage and prostate volume (P= 0.03).

We showed that BMI is independently associated with prostate cancer volume at radical prostatectomy. The present results confirm that obesity may play a key role in prostate cancer pathophysiology.

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Capitanio U, Suardi N, Briganti A, Gallina A, Abdollah F, Lughezzani G, Salonia A, Freschi M, Montorsi F.   Are you the author?

Reference: BJU Int. 2011 Jul 20. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10453.x

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21777363 Prostate Cancer Section