3-Year Freedom from Progression After 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT-Triaged Management in Men with Biochemical Recurrence After Radical Prostatectomy: Results of a Prospective Multicenter Trial

Louise Emmett, Reuben Tang, Rohan Nandurkar, George Hruby, Paul Roach, Jo Anne Watts, Thomas Cusick, Andrew Kneebone, Bao Ho, Lyn Chan, Pim J. van Leeuwen, Matthijs J. Scheltema, Andrew Nguyen, Charlotte Yin, Andrew Scott, Colin Tang, Michael McCarthy, Karen Fullard, Matthew Roberts, Roslyn FrancisPhillip Stricker

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68Ga-labeled prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) PET/CT is increasingly used in men with biochemical recurrence (BCR) after radical prostatectomy (RP), but its longer-term prognostic or predictive potential in these men is unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive value of PSMA PET for a 3-y freedom from progression (FFP) in men with BCR after RP undergoing salvage radiotherapy (sRT). Methods: This prospective multicenter study enrolled 260 men between 2015 and 2017. Eligible patients were referred for PSMA PET with a rising level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) after RP. Management after PSMA PET was recorded but not mandated. PSMA PET protocols were standardized across sites and reported prospectively. Clinical, pathologic, and surgical information; sRT; timing and duration of androgen deprivation; 3-y PSA results; and clinical events were documented. FFP was defined as a PSA rise of no more than 0.2 ng/mL above nadir after sRT, with no additional treatment. Results: The median PSA was 0.26 ng/mL (interquartile range, 0.15-0.59 ng/mL), and follow-up was 38 mo (interquartile range, 31-43 mo). PSMA PET had negative results in 34.6% (90/260), showed disease confined to the prostatic fossa in 21.5% (56/260), showed disease in the pelvic nodes in 26.2% (68/260), and showed distant disease in 17.7% (46/260). Of the patients, 71.5% (186/260) received sRT: 38.2% (71/186) to the fossa only, 49.4% (92/186) to the fossa plus the pelvic nodes, and 12.4% (23/186) to the nodes alone or stereotactic body radiation therapy. PSMA PET was highly predictive of FFP at 3 y after sRT. Overall, FFP was achieved in 64.5% (120/186) of those who received sRT, 81% (81/100) with negative results or fossa-confined findings versus 45% (39/86) with extrafossa disease (P < 0.0001). On logistic regression, PSMA PET was more independently predictive of FFP than established clinical predictors, including PSA, T stage, surgical margin status, or Gleason score (P < 0.002). Thirty-two percent of men with a negative PSMA PET result did not receive treatment. Of these, 66% (19/29) progressed, with a mean rise in PSA of 1.59 ng/mL over the 3 y. Conclusion: PSMA PET results are highly predictive of FFP at 3 y in men undergoing sRT for BCR after RP. In particular, men with negative PSMA PET results or disease identified as still confined to the prostatic fossa demonstrate high FFP, despite receiving less extensive radiotherapy and lower rates of additional androgen deprivation therapy than those with extrafossa disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-872
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

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