Is tumor volume an independent predictor of progression following radical prostatectomy? A multivariate analysis of 185 clinical stage B adenocarcinomas of the prostate with 5 years of followup


Tumor volume has been shown to be proportionate to Gleason grade, capsular penetration, seminal vesicle invasion, lymph node metastases and capsular margins of resection. Because these variables are often interrelated, it is crucial to determine which of these parameters provides independent prediction of prognosis in prostate cancer. The current study analyzed 185 men who underwent radial retropubic prostatectomy for clinical stage B adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Patients with seminal vesicle invasion or lymph node metastases were excluded, since these findings are almost invariably associated with progression. All patients were followed for a minimum of 5 years after radical prostatectomy. Only 2 men received postoperative adjuvant therapy. At 5 years after radical prostatectomy 58 men (31%) experienced progression, defined by either an elevated postoperative serum prostate specific antigen level, local recurrence or distant metastases. Although by themselves capsular penetration, tumor volume and per cent of the prostate involved by tumor predicted progression, in a stepwise regression analysis they did not provide independent prognostic information. In this multivariate analysis Gleason score was the best predictor of progression (p



  • adenocarcinoma
  • neoplasm metastasis
  • neoplasm staging
  • prostatectomy
  • prostatic neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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