PURPOSE: To report the frequency, timing, and magnitude of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) bounce (PB) in patients who received high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy (HDRB) plus hypofractionated external beam radiation therapy (HypoRT) and to assess a possible correlation between PB and biochemical failure (BF).
METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients with intermediate-risk prostate cancer received 10Gy single-fraction 192Ir HDRB followed by 50Gy in 20 daily fractions of HypoRT without androgen deprivation therapy. All patients had a minimum 2-year followup. The PB was defined as PSA elevation higher than 0.2ng/mL from previous measurement with subsequent drop to pre-bounce level. The BF was defined as PSA nadir+2ng/mL.
RESULTS: A total of 114 patients treated between 2001 and 2009 were eligible for analysis. At a median followup of 66 months, the PB was found in 45 (39%) patients with a median time to bounce of 16 months (range, 3-76 months). The median time to PSA normalization after a PB was 9 months (range, 2-40 months). The median magnitude of PB was 0.45ng/mL (range, 0.2-6.62). The BF occurred in 12 (10.5%) patients of whom three had a PB. Median time to BF was 52.5 months. Four patients (3.5%) in the PB group fit the criteria for BF.
CONCLUSIONS: The PB is common after HDRB and HypoRT and can occur up to 76 months after treatment. It can rarely fit the criteria for BF. The time to PB is shorter than the time to BF. There is a lower incidence of BF in patients with a PB. An acknowledgment of this phenomenon should be made when interpreting PSA results during followup to prevent unnecessary interventions.
Patel N, Souhami L, Mansure JJ, Duclos M, Aprikian A, Faria S, David M, Cury FL. Are you the author?
Division of Radiation Oncology, Department of Oncology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Department of Urologic Oncology Research, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Reference: Brachytherapy. 2014 Jul 9. pii: S1538-4721(14)00532-7.