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Early and correct diagnostic staging is paramount to keep patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer in the correct treatment tract to avoid under- and overdiagnosis in prostate cancer staging. With accurate staging, the investigators aim to save patients from side effects of insufficient or too extensive treatment. The investigators hypothesize that precise staging will lead to optimized individualized treatment and subsequently to prolonged survival and increased quality of life. Prostate cancer is a very heterogeneous disease varying from indolent tumors to aggressive cancer types. About one-fifth of patients with newly detected high- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer present with bone metastases and their 3-years survival is less than 50%. Precise staging is required for planning relevant treatment that has the potential to increase survival. The prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is overexpressed in prostate cancer cells and can serve as a target for precise diagnosis and staging. PSMA-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has shown to be more accurate than traditional imaging, but there is a need for prospective trials analyzing the impact of primary staging with PSMA-PET/CT on treatment planning and patient benefit. In a prospective multicenter study, the investigators plan to include 448 patients and randomize 1:1 to either traditional imaging or PSMA-PET/CT. The investigators aim to analyze whether PSMA-PET/CT increases progression-free survival and quality of life. Further, the investigators aim to validate the accuracy of primary staging with PSMA-PET/CT compared with conventional imaging.


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Introduction The proposed project shall reveal whether primary staging with up-to-date imaging benefits prostate cancer (PCa) patients in terms of yielding prolonged progression-free survival and increased quality of life (QoL). The study is planned in a collaborative effort between five centers in the Region of Southern Denmark and the Central Denmark Region. The Department of Nuclear Medicine at Odense University Hospital is the hosting department. A prospective multicenter randomized design is planned. We expect to include 448 patients with newly diagnosed PCa of high or intermediate risk. Eligible patients will be randomized 1:1 into an interventional arm using PSMA-PET/CT and a control arm using conventional imaging. In a relevant subgroup, the investigators will also analyze the added value of performing PSMA-PET/magnetic resonance imaging (MRi). The investigators hypothesize that PSMA-PET/CT will lead to prolonged progression-free survival and increased quality of life when used for staging patients with intermediate and high-risk primary prostate cancer. Background Prostate Cancer (PCa) is the most frequent cancer form in men, and approximately 4,500 new cases are reported each year in Denmark. The course of disease ranges from slow-growing tumors localized to the prostate gland itself to aggressive, rapidly disseminating variants. Aggressive variants of the disease can be disseminated initially, e.g. to lymph nodes or bone. The overall 5-year survival is as high as 87% for the broad group of PCa patients, but for patients diagnosed with bone metastases initially, the prognosis is poor with a 3-year survival of 62%. It is currently widely debated whether these patients should be managed using systemic therapies or aggressive local and metastases-directed therapies. Early and correct staging is paramount to get this closer, hence aiming to avoid under- and overtreatment. Curatively intended surgery or radiation treatment is the initial intervention for patients with localized disease, while androgen deprivation or chemotherapy is recommended for patients with metastatic disease in current guidelines. As regards the primary staging of PCa, the guidelines recommend traditional imaging, including bone scan (BS) and contrast enhanced CT (CECT), and these are rather inaccurate. BS reflects bone metabolism and has a reported sensitivity as well as specificity of 80%. An emerging modality also reflecting bone metabolism is the 18Fluoride(18F)-sodium fluoride(NaF)-PET/CT, but this method has not proven any added value compared with BS. The transmembrane protein, PSMA, is expressed in abundance on the surface of prostate cancer cells, and this has become a unique target for accurate diagnosis and is already implemented for imaging in recurrent PCa. The PSMA ligands are labeled with positron-emitting isotopes such as 18F and 68Gallium(68Ga) for imaging. The 18F isotope is advantageous regarding availability and production, and the 18F-labeled ligand, PSMA-1007, is only sparsely excreted in the urinary tract, making diagnostics in the pelvic region favorable. Diagnostic accuracy studies performed in the primary PCa setting have been published recently. A retrospective Danish study of 68Ga-PSMA-PET/CT in the so-far largest cohort of 691 patients with newly diagnosed high-risk prostate cancer shows that about one-third of the patients present with advanced disease with lymph node or bone metastases. High specificity (96.5%) but low sensitivity (30.6%) was found for the diagnosis of pelvic lymph node metastasis. It has also recently been shown in a well-designed randomized prospective trial that 68Ga-PSMA-PET/CT had a 27% greater accuracy than conventional imaging with CECT and BS. High accuracy is also supported by the results from a recent retrospective study of the favorable 18F-PSMA-1007-PET/CT, which showed sensitivity for lymph node metastasis of 85.9% and a specificity of 99.5% in a setting of patients with predominantly primary PCa. So, when would it be time to implement PSMA-PET/CT for staging patients with primary PCa? The European guidelines report that it could be tempting to replace BS and CECT by more accurate tests such as PSMA-PET/CT in patients undergoing initial PCa staging. They are concerned, however, that the clinical benefit of detecting metastases at an earlier time-point is undetermined. Therefore, it is argued that results from randomized controlled trials evaluating the management and outcome of patients by state-of-the-art diagnostic methods should be awaited before a decision can be made to treat patients based on the results of these tests. However, the investigators are not aware of any other current studies running or being planned to evaluate the impact of replacing traditional imaging with up-to-date PSMA-PET/CT on patient outcomes such as survival and quality-of-life. Aims and objectives The overall aim of this project is to analyze the impact on survival and quality of life of using PSMA-PET/CT for PCa primary staging compared with conventional imaging. In a randomized design the investigators will compare 18F-PSMA-1007 PET/CT (interventional imaging) with CECT and NaF-PET/CT (conventional imaging) as regards progression-free survival and quality of life. In subgroup analyses, the investigators aim to analyze the accuracy of 18F-PSMA-PET/CT compared with conventional imaging and the added value of 18F-PSMA-PET/MRi for local staging. Treatment strategies will be planned and registered in multidisciplinary team conferences based on the results of the scans and according to current guidelines. The strategies will be categorized into radical prostatectomy, curatively intended radiotherapy, palliative radiotherapy, androgen deprivation therapy, chemotherapy, and metastases-directed therapy. These treatment options can be used separately or combined. QoL changes will be considered clinically relevant for an 8-point decline in global Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Prostate (FACT-P). Other QoL analyses include the group difference in repeated measurement analyses, making use of data collected at baselinie and 2 time points the first year after diagnoses and later at specific time points, and these will be conducted using the European Quality of life - 5 Dimensions - 5 Levels (EQ-5D-5L) and Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite-26 (EPIC-26) (internationally accepted and validated questionnaires translated into danish). ;


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NCT number NCT05123300
Study type Interventional
Source Odense University Hospital
Contact Karen M. Buch-Olsen, MD
Phone +45 29 34 69 22
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date October 4, 2021
Completion date October 1, 2030

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