Prostate cancer is the most common male malignancy.
Radiation therapy and radical prostatectomy are the main curative treatment options for organ confined disease. Despite the good long-term oncologic outcomes, roughly 40% of patients undergoing surgery develop biochemical recurrence, manifested as a rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Those patients are at higher risk of developing a local or distant recurrence. The diagnosis of a nodal recurrence is challenging. This report is about a 66-year-old male, who had a radical prostatectomy in 2006. Postoperatively, the PSA was never undetectable. Radiotherapy was delivered in 2007, but the PSA rose again. Anti-androgen therapy was started, but he developed painful mastodynia. A (11C) choline PET-CT showed an enlarged suspicious lymph node at the left common iliac and a salvage pelvic lymphadenectomy was performed. Postoperatively, the PSA remained undetectable for the last 5 years. The use of lesion - targeted therapy for oligometastatic disease is a new concept in urology, aiming at reducing the tumor burden. Therefore, even though this surgical approach might not be associated with a durable response over time, the tumor load is decreased and further cancer progression might be delayed, allowing to postpone the delivery of hormone therapy.
Peeters C, Ponette D, van Poppel H. Are you the author?
Department of Urology, UZ Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium.
Reference: Urol Int. 2014 Sep 6. Epub ahead of print.