Our aim was to evaluate overall survival and parameters prognosticating longer survival in a large and homogeneous group of patients treated with (177)Lu-PSMA-617 radioligand therapy with heavily pretreated advanced metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer.
A total of 104 patients were treated with 351 cycles of (177)Lu-PSMA-617. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) changes after the first cycle of therapy were documented prior to a second cycle. Patients were followed-up for overall survival (OS). Any PSA decline, PSA decline ≥50%, initial PSA, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), visceral metastases and cumulative injected activity were analyzed and evaluated according to OS. Multivariable analysis with parameters with a p-value ≤0.05 in univariate analysis was performed, additionally adjusting for age and presence of visceral metastases.
A total of 51 patients (49%) died during the observation period. The majority of patients (97%) presented with bone metastases, 77% with lymph node metastases and 32% with visceral metastases. All patients were treated with at least one line of chemotherapy. Either abiraterone or enzalutamide had been given in 100% of the patients. Any PSA decline occurred in 70 (67%) and a PSA decline ≥50% in 34 (33%) of patients after the first cycle. The median OS was 56.0 weeks (95%CI: 50.5-61.5). Initial PSA decline ≥50%, initial LDH, visceral metastases, second line chemotherapy or prior radium-223 did not have an effect on survival, whereas any initial PSA decline, initial ALP <220 U/L and cumulative injected activity ≥18.8 GBq were associated with a longer survival. A step-by-step analysis revealed a PSA decline ≥20.87% as the most noticeable cut-off prognosticating longer survival, which remained an independent prognosticator of improved OS in the multivariate analysis.
(177)Lu-PSMA-617 RLT is a new effective therapeutic and seems to prolong survival in patients with advanced mCRPC pretreated with chemotherapy, abiraterone and/or enzalutamide.
European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. 2017 Oct 12 [Epub ahead of print]
K Rahbar, M Boegemann, A Yordanova, M Eveslage, M Schäfers, M Essler, H Ahmadzadehfar
Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Muenster, Muenster, Germany. ., Department of Urology, University Hospital Muenster, Muenster, Germany., Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, Germany., Institute of Biostatistics and Clinical Research, University Hospital Muenster, Muenster, Germany., Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Muenster, Muenster, Germany.