SBRT, Proton Beam Therapy Use Increasing for Prostate CA

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
SBRT, Proton Beam Therapy Use Increasing for Prostate CA
SBRT, Proton Beam Therapy Use Increasing for Prostate CA

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For men with prostate cancer, the use of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and proton beam therapy increased from 2004 to 2011, according to a study published online May 25 in Cancer.

Joshua A. Halpern, M.D., from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and colleagues compared temporal trends and outcomes for men with prostate cancer undergoing SBRT, brachytherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), and proton beam therapy (542; 9,647; 23,408; and 800 men, respectively) from 2004 to 2011.

The researchers found that the use of SBRT and proton beam therapy increased significantly (P < 0.001), while there was a decrease in brachytherapy use (P < 0.001). Compared with those treated with IMRT and proton beam therapy, a higher percentage of patients treated with SBRT and brachytherapy had low-grade cancer (Gleason score, ≤6 versus ≥7) (35.2 and 49.6 percent versus 54.0 and 64.2 percent, respectively; P < 0.001). Compared with brachytherapy and IMRT, SBRT correlated with equivalent gastrointestinal toxicity, but with more erectile dysfunction at two-year follow-up (P < 0.001). SBRT correlated with more urinary incontinence than IMRT and proton beam therapy. The median costs were $27,154 for SBRT, $17,183 for brachytherapy, $37,090 for IMRT, and $54,706 for proton beam therapy (P < 0.001).

"Despite men of lower disease stage undergoing SBRT, SBRT was found to be associated with greater toxicity but lower health care costs compared with IMRT and proton beam therapy," the authors write.

One author disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

24-Hour Primary Care Clinics Would Improve Continuity of Care

24-Hour Primary Care Clinics Would Improve Continuity of ...

Model involving multiple doctors working shifts in their own clinic offers many benefits

Repeat BP Reading Needed in Children With Initial High Result

Repeat BP Reading Needed in Children With Initial ...

Based on initial reading, more than half of children would have incorrect classification

Brochure Can Improve Opioid Disposal Rates After Surgery

Brochure Can Improve Opioid Disposal Rates After Surgery

Patients more likely to dispose of unused opioids after getting information and recommendations

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »