Purpose: To compare late genitourinary (GU) and gastrointestinal (GI) toxicity following different prostate cancer treatment modalities. Materials and methods: This study included 1084 consecutive prostate cancer patients treated with conventional radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), permanent iodine-125 implantation (PI) alone, and PI combined with external beam radiotherapy (PI + EBRT). The effects of treatment- and patient-related factors on late grade. ≥. 2 (G2+) GU/GI toxicity risk were assessed. Results: The median follow-up was 43. months (range, 12-97. months). Compared to the PI + EBRT, there was significantly less G2+ GU toxicity in the conventional radiotherapy (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.39; 95% CI, 0.20-0.77) and the IMRT (HR = 0.45, 95% CI, 0.27-0.73). Compared to the PI + EBRT, there was significantly more G2+ GI toxicity in the IMRT (HR = 2.38; 95% CI, 1.16-4.87). In PI-related groups, prostate equivalent dose in 2. Gy fractions was a significant predictor of G2+ GU toxicity (p = 0.001), and the rectal volume receiving more than 100% of the prescribed dose was a significant predictor of G2+ GI toxicity (p = 0.001). Conclusion: The differences in the late G2+ GU/GI risk cannot be explained by the differences in treatment modalities themselves, but by the total radiation dose to the GU/GI tract, which had a causal role in the development of late G2+ GU/GI toxicity across all treatment modality groups.
- Prostate cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging