Patterns of Failure Following External Beam Radiotherapy With or Without an Additional Focal Boost in the Randomized Controlled FLAME Trial for Localized Prostate Cancer.

Abstract

CONCLUSIONS

A clear dose-response relation for LF and rdMF was observed, suggesting that adequate focal dose escalation to intraprostatic lesions prevents undertreatment of the primary tumor, resulting in an improvement rdMF.

OBJECTIVE

To analyze the effect of a focal boost to intraprostatic lesions on local failure-free survival (LFS) and regional + distant metastasis-free survival (rdMFS).

RESULTS AND LIMITATIONS

A total of 571 patients were included in the FLAME trial. Over median follow-up of 72 mo (interquartile range 58-86), focal boosting decreased LF (hazard ratio [HR] 0.33, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.14-0.78) and rdMF (HR 0.58, 95% CI 0.35-0.93). Dose-response curves showed that a greater dose to the tumor resulted in lower LF and rdMF rates.

BACKGROUND

Focal dose escalation in external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) showed an increase in 5-yr biochemical disease-free survival in the Focal Lesion Ablative Microboost in Prostate Cancer (FLAME) trial.

OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

LFS and rdMFS, measured via any type of imaging, were compared between the treatment arms using Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analyses. Dose-response curves were created for local failure (LF) and regional + distant metastatic failure (rdMF) using logistic regression.

PATIENT SUMMARY

Radiotherapy is a treatment option for high-risk prostate cancer. The FLAME trial has shown that a high dose specifically targeted at the tumor within the prostate will result in better disease outcome, with less likelihood of regional and distant disease spread. The FLAME trial is registered on ClinicalTrials.gov as NCT01168479.

DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS

Patients with intermediate- or high-risk localized prostate cancer were included in FLAME, a phase 3, multicenter, randomized controlled trial.

INTERVENTION

Standard treatment of 77 Gy to the entire prostate in 35 fractions was compared to an additional boost to the macroscopic tumor of up to 95 Gy during EBRT.

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European urology
  • Publication date 22-12-2021

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