Single fraction high-dose-rate brachytherapy as monotherapy for low and intermediate risk prostate cancer: Toxicities and early outcomes from a single institutional experience

Justin M. Barnes, Prashant Gabani, Max Sanders, Anupama Chundury, Michael Altman, Jose Garcia-Ramirez, Harold Li, Jacqueline E. Zoberi, Brian C. Baumann, Hiram A. Gay

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Abstract

Purpose: High-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT) delivered in a single fraction as monotherapy is a potential treatment modality for low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer (LIR-PC); however, outcome data with this technique remain limited. Here we describe our institutional HDR monotherapy experience and report the efficacy and toxicity of this treatment. Material and methods: LIR-PC patients who received a definitive single fraction HDR-BT during 2013-2017 were retrospectively identified. The intended HDR monotherapy dose was 19 Gy in one fraction. Acute (< 90 days) and late (≥ 90 days) toxicity was assessed using CTCAE version 4.03. Trends in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and American Urological Association (AUA) symptom scores after treatment were assessed using Bayesian linear mixed models. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to evaluate biochemical failure-free survival (BFFS). Results: 28 patients with median follow-up of 23.6 months were identified. The median age at treatment was 65 years (48-83). The NCCN risk groups were low in 14, favorable intermediate in 10, and unfavorable intermediate in 4 patients. There were 5 (18%) and 0 (0%) acute grade 2 genitourinary (GU) and gastrointestinal (GI) toxicities, respectively, and one (4%) acute grade 3 GU toxicity. There were no late grade 3 toxicities, and 5 (18%) and 0 (0%) late grade 2 GU and GI toxicities respectively. PSA values and AUA symptom scores decreased significantly after treatment. There were 3 biochemical failures with the two- and three-year BFFS of 90.7% and 80.6%, respectively. Conclusions: Early results from a single institution suggest that single fraction HDR-BT with 19 Gy has limited toxicity, although with suboptimal biochemical control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-408
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Brachytherapy
  • High-dose-rate
  • Prostate cancer
  • Single fraction

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