Clinical variables associated with PSA response to abiraterone acetate in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer

R. Leibowitz-Amit, A. J. Templeton, A. Omlin, C. Pezaro, E. G. Atenafu, D. Keizman, F. Vera-Badillo, J. A. Seah, G. Attard, J. J. Knox, S. S. Sridhar, I. F. Tannock, J. S. De Bono, A. M. Joshua

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Abstract

Background: Abiraterone acetate (abiraterone) prolongs overall survival (OS) in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). This study's objective was to retrospectively identify factors associated with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) response to abiraterone and validate them in an independent cohort. We hypothesized that the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR), thought to be an indirect manifestation of tumor-promoting inflammation, may be associated with response to abiraterone. Patients and methods: All patients receiving abiraterone at the Princess Margaret (PM) Cancer Centre up to March 2013 were reviewed. The primary end point was confirmed PSA response defined as PSA decline ≥50% below baseline maintained for ≥3 weeks. Potential factors associated with PSA response were analyzed using univariate and multivariable analyses to generate a score, which was then evaluated in an independent cohort from Royal Marsden (RM) NHS foundation. Results: A confirmed PSA response was observed in 44 out of 108 assessable patients (41%, 95% confidence interval 31%-50%). In univariate analysis, lower pre-abiraterone baseline levels of lactate dehydrogenase, an NLR ≤ 5 and restricted metastatic spread to either bone or lymph nodes were each associated with PSA response. In multivariable analysis, only low NLR and restricted metastatic spread remained statistically significant. A score derived as the sum of these two categorical variables was associated with response to abiraterone (P = 0.007). Logistic regression analysis on an independent validation cohort of 245 patients verified that this score was associated with response to abiraterone (P = 0.003). It was also associated with OS in an exploratory analysis. Conclusions: A composite score of baseline NLR and extent of metastatic spread is associated with PSA response to abiraterone and OS. Our data may help understand the role of systemic inflammation in mCRPC and warrant further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-662
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abiraterone acetate
  • MCRPC
  • NLR
  • Prostate cancer
  • Response

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