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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 10-16  

Saudi Oncology Society clinical management guidelines for prostate cancer

Departments of Surgery and Oncology, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication2-Apr-2011

Correspondence Address:
Ashraf J Abusamra
Consultant of Urology and Oncology, Divisions of Urology & Oncology, Departments of Surgery & Oncology, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7796.78550

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In this report, guidelines for the evaluation, medical and surgical management is presented. It is categorized according to the stage of the disease using the tumor node metastasis staging system, 7 th edition. The recommendations are presented with supporting level of evidence.

Keywords: Prostate, cancer, guidelines, Saudi, management

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Abusamra AJ, Bazarbashi S, Bahader Y, Kushi H, Rabbah D, Al Bogami N, Al Ghamdi K, Al Ghamdi A, Balaraj K, Seyam R, Al Otaibi M, Al Saeed E. Saudi Oncology Society clinical management guidelines for prostate cancer. Urol Ann 2011;3, Suppl S1:10-6

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Abusamra AJ, Bazarbashi S, Bahader Y, Kushi H, Rabbah D, Al Bogami N, Al Ghamdi K, Al Ghamdi A, Balaraj K, Seyam R, Al Otaibi M, Al Saeed E. Saudi Oncology Society clinical management guidelines for prostate cancer. Urol Ann [serial online] 2011 [cited 2021 Oct 19];3, Suppl S1:10-6. Available from: https://www.urologyannals.com/text.asp?2011/3/4/10/78550

   Introduction Top

A total of 1869 cases of prostate cancer were recorded in Saudi Arabia between the year 1994 and 2004. The number of cases has been increasing steadily from 151 in 1994 to a peak of 243 cases in 2004. [1]

   1. Staging Evaluation Top

Once diagnosis is confirmed, the following staging evaluation should be done:

1.1. CT or MRI abdomen and pelvis: this will only be done when the chance of lymph node metastasis is more than 10% based on Partin predictive tables (EL-2). [2],[3] See [Table 1] and [Table 2]

1.2. Bone scan: should be done if any of the following (EL-2): [4],[5]

1.2.1. PSA level more than 20

1.2.2. Patients with bony pain

1.2.3. Gleason score more than 7

1.2.4. Patient with clinical stage T3 or 4
Table 1: Partin tables

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Table 2: Partin's table risk groups

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   2. Staging Classification Top

The TNM staging will be used [6]

Primary tumor (T)

TX Tumor cannot be assessed

TO No evidence of primary tumor

T1 Clinically not palpable or visible by imaging

T1a Found incidental to other surgery; present in 5% or less of tissue

T1b Found incidental to other surgery; present in 5% or more of tissue

T1c Identified by needle biopsy

T2 Tumor confined within prostate

T2a Involving half a lobe or less of prostate

T2b Involving half a lobe

T2c Involving both lobes

T3 Tumor extends through prostate capsule

T3a Extends through one lobe

T3b Extends through both lobes

T3c Extends into seminal vesicles

T4 Involves structures other than seminal vesicles

T4a Invades bladder neck, external sphincter, or rectum

T4b Invades muscles and/or pelvic wall

Regional lymph nodes (N)

NX Nodes cannot be assessed

NO No regional node metastasis

N1 Single node metastasis, 2 centimeters (cm) or less at largest point

N2 Single node metastasis, 2 cm to 5 cm at largest point, or multiple nodes, no larger than 5 cm at largest point

N3 Metastasis larger than 5 cm in any node

Distant metastasis (M)

MX Metastasis cannot be assessed

MO No distant metastasis

M1 Distant metastasis

M1a Distant lymph node(s) involved

M1b Bone(s) involved

M1c Other site(s) involved

   3. Management Options Top

This will depend on the stage (localized vs metastatic), the risk group and life expectancy. [7]

3.1. Localized disease

3.1.1. Low risk: options of therapy depend on the following factors: If the patient is asymptomatic with life expectancy less than 5 years: no further intervention required until he becomes symptomatic. [8],[9],[10] (EL-2) If asymptomatic with life expectancy between 5 and 10 years: active surveillance (involves active monitoring of the course of disease with the expectation to intervene if the cancer progresses). [8],[9],[10] (EL-2) If asymptomatic with life expectancy more than 10 years: options include active surveillance [10] or radical prostatectomy (RP) [11] or EBRT. [12] (EL-2) All RPs should be done in tertiary care centers by high-volume surgeons. [13] (EL-2) Lymphadenectomy is usually omitted if the chance of being positive is less than 2%. [14] (EL-2) 3D conformal EBRT or Intensity-modulated EBRT (IMRT) are the only acceptable form of radiation therapy. The minimum dose should be not less than 72 Gy. [12],[15],[16],[17],[18],[19] (EL-2) The choice of therapy should depend on the patient's general condition, his preference and side-effect profile.

3.1.2. Intermediate risk: options of therapy depend on the following factors: If life expectancy less than 5 years: patient will have no further intervention until he becomes symptomatic. [8],[9],[10] (EL-2) If life expectancy between 5 and 10 years: options include active surveillance [10] or EBRT+ 6 months of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) [12],[20] or RP. [11] (EL-2). If life expectancy more than 10 years: Options are RP with extended lymphadenectomy [11],[21] (EL-1) or EBRT + 6 months of ADT (Radiation therapy to cover pelvic lymph nodes if chance of involvement is more than 15%). [12],[15],[16] (EL-2) Patients who have pT3 should undergo adjuvant EBRT to prostatic bed (66 Gy). [22],[23],[24],[25],[26] (EL-2) Patients who have positive margin following RP might undergo adjuvant EBRT to prostatic bed [22],[23],[24],[25],[26] or surveillance. [27],[28] (EL-2)

3.1.3. High risk: Options include RP + extended lymphadenectomy [29],[30] (EL-3) or EBRT (to include pelvic lymph nodes) with 2-3 years of ADT. [31],[32],[33],[34],[35],[36],[37] (EL-1)

Patients who have advanced local disease and are unfit for the above two options may be given ADT. [38] (EL-1)

3.1.4. Follow up after curative therapy: Patients should have a disease-specific history, serum PSA and digital rectal examination (DRE) at 3, 6 and 12 months after therapy, then every 6 months for 3 years and then annually. [39] (EL-3)

3.1.5. Management of recurrence post RP: Definition: recurrence post-radical prostatectomy is defined by PSA level more than 0.2 ng/dl. [40],[41] Factors helping to differentiate local relapse or distant metastasis are: the timing of PSA increase after surgery, PSA doubling time (PSADT) and the stage and Gleason score at the time of surgery. [42],[43] Management will depend on the time of detectable PSA level. [43],[44],[45],[46],[47],[48],[49] (EL-2); If PSA is increased in the initial two years of RP, this likely indicates systemic disease. However in order not to miss local recurrence, repeat PSA will be done after 3 months. If PSADT is less than 4 months then patient should be treated with ADT (see below). If PSADT more than 12 months this likely indicates local recurrence and patient should receive salvage EBRT. If PSADT is between 4 and 12 months then patient may receive combination of salvage EBRT and hormonal therapy. If PSA increase occurs after two years of surgery, then this likely indicates local recurrence. However in order not to miss systemic disease repeat PSA will be done after 3 months: If PSADT is less than 4 months then patient should be treated with hormone therapy (see below) If PSADT more than 12 months this likely indicates local recurrence and patient should receive salvage EBRT before PSA reaches 0.5 ng/dl If PSADT is between 4 and 12 months then patient may receive combination of salvage EBRT and hormonal therapy Bone scan and CT scan are of no diagnostic value unless PSA value is higher than 20 ng/dl [50],[51],[52] (EL-2).

3.1.6. Management of local recurrence after EBRT Definition: a PSA rise 2 ng/mL above the PSA nadir is the most reliable indication for recurrence [53],[54] (EL-2). However local recurrence is defined by the presence of all of the following: [55],[56] A prostatic biopsy showing malignant cells 18 months or longer after EBRT Associated rise in PSA No evidence of distant metastasis documented by CT scan or MRI and bone scan Options of therapy include: observation up to PSA of 10 ng/dl, complete androgen blockade, and intermittent androgen deprivation. [57] In carefully selected patients, salvage prostatectomy, cryosurgery and brachytherapy might be considered. [58],[59],[60],[61]

3.2. Advanced disease (including recurrence and metastasis):

3.2.1. Hormone responsive disease: ADT palliates symptoms and reduces the risk for potentially catastrophic sequelae of advanced disease (spinal cord compression, pathological fractures, ureteral obstruction, extraskeletal metastasis). [62],[63],[64] (EL-1) Options of therapy include: orchiectomy, LHRH agonists, anti-androgen monotherapy, and complete androgen blockade (CAB) continuous or intermittent. [62],[63],[64] High-risk patients with high PSADT, high initial PSA and symptomatic patient should preferably receive combined androgen blockade, while patients with low initial PSA, low PSADT and minimal symptoms may receive castration

alone. [65],[66],[67],[68],[69],[70],[71],[72] (EL-2) Castrate level of testosterone should be less than 20 ng/dl (0.7 nmol/L). [73],[74] In case of intermittent androgen blockade (EL-2), the following should be observed: [75],[76],[77],[78],[79],[80],[81],[82],[83],[84],[85],[86],[87],[88],[89] Complete androgen blockade (anti-androgen and LHRH) should be used Initial induction cycle should be between 6 and 9 months Treatment is usually stopped only if the patient is compliant, showed PSA response with PSA less than 4 ng/dl in patients with metastatic disease and less than 0.5 ng/dl in recurrent disease post-local therapy Therapy is re-instituted for 3-6 months if PSA reaches 10-15 ng/dl in metastatic disease or 4 ng/dl in recurrent disease post-local therapy. Cycles repeated as above.

3.2.2. Castrate resistant prostate cancer (CRPC): Definition: Two consecutive rises in PSA in the presence of castrate level of testosterone. Options of therapy include: In patients on monotherapy with LHRH agonist only or had orchiectomy as monotherapy: non-steroidal anti-androgen should be added. [90],[91] (EL-2) In patients on combination therapy (complete androgen blockade: LHRH agonist (or orchiectomy) + non-steroidal anti-androgen), anti-androgen withdrawal should be done. [90],[92],[93],[94] (EL-2) Patients who fails above measure can have one of the following options: anti-androgen substitution (bicalutamide or nilutamide) [95] (EL-2), Ketoconazole [94] (EL-2), systemic chemotherapy. Systemic chemotherapy in the form of Docetaxel and prednisone should be offered only to patients with performance status 0-2 by ECOG scale. [96],[97],[98],[98] (EL-1) Patients with CRPC who were on LHRH agonists should continue on them indefinitely. [99],[100],[101] (EL-3) Patients who fail Docetaxel-based chemotherapy should be offered second-line chemotherapy with Cabazitaxel and prednisone if in good performance status. [102] (EL-1) Patients with advanced disease and bone metastatic should receive zoledronic acid [103],[104],[105] (EL-1) or Rank-ligand antibodies (Denosumab) therapy every 4 weeks. [106] (EL-1)

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