11C-Choline PET/CT based Helical Tomotherapy as Treatment Approach for Bone Metastases in Recurrent Prostate Cancer Patients

Author(s): Elena Incerti, Vincenzo Gangemi, Paola Mapelli, Chiara Lucrezia Deantoni, Giampiero Giovacchini, Federico Fallanca, Andrei Fodor, Andrea Ciarmiello, Sergio Baldari, Luigi Gianolli, Nadia Di Muzio, Maria Picchio*

Journal Name: Current Radiopharmaceuticals

Volume 10 , Issue 3 , 2017

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Background: To evaluate the efficacy of 11C-choline PET/CT (CHO-PET/CT) based helical tomotherapy (HTT) as a therapeutic approach for bone metastases in recurrent prostate cancer (PCa) patients.

Methods: This retrospective study includes 20 PCa patients (median age: 67; range: 51-80 years) presenting biochemical relapse after primary treatment who underwent CHO-PET/CT based HTT on positive bone metastases from December 2007 to June 2014. The effectiveness of HTT has been assessed with biochemical response at 3/6/12 months, biochemical relapse free survival (bRFS) and overall survival (OS) at 2 years. Toxicity has also been considered and assessed according to Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE).

Results: All patients presented a relapse at the time of CHO-PET/CT at bone level. In addition 15/20 (75%) also at lymph nodes (LNs) level (total lesions= 54). All patients underwent HTT on bone metastases and 19/20 concomitantly on prostatic bed and LNs. The median follow-up from CHO-PET/CT was 2 years (range: 1-7 years). At 3 months after the beginning of HTT treatment complete or partial biochemical response occurred in 79% of patients, at 6 months in 82% and at 12 months in 63% of patients. bRFS and OS at 2 years were 50% and 55% of patients, respectively. Patients presented mostly grade 1 or 2 toxicity according to CTCAE. The only grade 3 late toxicity has been observed in one patient.

Conclusion: CHO-PET/CT based HTT is a suitable therapeutic approach in patients with recurrent PCa presenting bone metastases with a medium-low toxicity.

Keywords: Bone metastases, prostate cancer, 11C-choline PET/CT, helical tomotherapy, biochemical response, survival.

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Year: 2017
Page: [195 - 202]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1874471010666170919162517
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