DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-4067-3Pages: 2035-2044

68Ga-PSMA PET/CT in patients with recurrent prostate cancer after radical treatment: prospective results in 314 patients

1. Nuclear Medicine Unit, Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS

2. Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Department of Medical Oncology

3. University of Ferrara, Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine Department

4. Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Biostatistics and Clinical Trials Unit

5. Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Radiology Unit

6. Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Radiotherapy Unit

7. Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Medical Physics Unit

Correspondence to:
Giovanni Paganelli
Tel: +39 0543 739333
Email: giovanni.paganelli@irst.emr.it

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Abstract

Purpose

We studied the usefulness of 68Ga-prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) PET/CT for detecting relapse in a prospective series of patients with biochemical recurrence (BCR) of prostate cancer (PCa) after radical treatment.

Methods

Patients with BCR of PCa after radical surgery and/or radiotherapy with or without androgen-deprivation therapy were included in the study. 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT scans performed from the top of the head to the mid-thigh 60 min after intravenous injection of 150 ± 50 MBq of 68Ga-PSMA were interpreted by two nuclear medicine physicians. The results were correlated with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels at the time of the scan (PSApet), PSA doubling time, Gleason score, tumour stage, postsurgery tumour residue, time from primary therapy to BCR, and patient age. When available, 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT scans were compared with negative 18F-choline PET/CT scans routinely performed up to 1 month previously.

Results

From November 2015 to October 2017, 314 PCa patients with BCR were evaluated. Their median age was 70 years (range 44–92 years) and their median PSApet was 0.83 ng/ml (range 0.003–80.0 ng/ml). 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT was positive (one or more suspected PCa lesions detected) in 197 patients (62.7%). Lesions limited to the pelvis, i.e. the prostate/prostate bed and/or pelvic lymph nodes (LNs), were detected in 117 patients (59.4%). At least one distant lesion (LNs, bone, other organs, separately or combined with local lesions) was detected in 80 patients (40.6%). PSApet was higher in PET-positive than in PET-negative patients (P < 0.0001). Of 88 patients negative on choline PET/CT scans, 59 (67%) were positive on 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT.

Conclusion

We confirmed the value of 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT in restaging PCa patients with BCR, highlighting its superior performance and safety compared with choline PET/CT. Higher PSApet was associated with a higher relapse detection rate.

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  • Accepted: May 31, 2018
  • Online: Jun 19, 2018

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