Treatment paths for localised prostate cancer in Italy: The results of a multidisciplinary, observational, prospective study (Pros-IT CNR)

Autoři: Michela Buglione aff001;  Marianna Noale aff002;  Alessio Bruni aff003;  Alessandro Antonelli aff004;  Filippo Bertoni aff003;  Renzo Corvo’ aff005;  Umberto Ricardi aff006;  Paolo Borghetti aff001;  Marta Maddalo aff001;  Claudio Simeone aff007;  Ercole Mazzeo aff003;  Angelo Porreca aff008;  Sergio Serni aff009;  Pierfrancesco Bassi aff010;  Mauro Gacci aff009;  Vincenzo Mirone aff011;  Rodolfo Montironi aff012;  Andrea Tubaro aff013;  Alfredo Berruti aff014;  Giario Natale Conti aff015;  Stefania Maggi aff002;  Stefano Maria Magrini aff001;  Luca Triggiani aff001
Působiště autorů: Radiation Oncology Department, University and Spedali Civili Hospital, Brescia, Italy aff001;  National Research Council, Neuroscience Institute, Aging Branch, Padua, Italy aff002;  Radiotherapy Unit, Department of Oncology and Hematology, University Hospital of Modena, Modena, Italy aff003;  Department of Urology, University and Spedali Civili Hospital, Brescia, Italy aff004;  Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital “Policlinico San Martino”, Genoa, Italy aff005;  Radiation Oncology Unit, Department of Oncology, School of Medicine—University of Turin, Turin, Italy aff006;  Department of Urology, University and Spedali Civili Hospital, Brescia, Italy aff007;  Department of Urology, University and Spedali Civili Hospital, Brescia, Italy aff007;  Department of Robotic Urological Surgery, Abano Terme Hospital, Abano Terme, Padua, Italy aff008;  Department of Urologic Robotic Surgery and Renal Transplantation, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy aff009;  Department of Urology, Catholic University of Rome, Policlinico Gemelli, Rome, Italy aff010;  Urology Unit, University Federico II, Naples, Italy aff011;  Section of Pathological Anatomy, Polytechnic University of the Marche Region, School of Medicine–Ospedali Riuniti, Ancona, Italy aff012;  Urology Unit, Sant'Andrea Hospital, "La Sapienza" University, Rome, Italy aff013;  Medical Oncology Unit, ASST-Spedali Civili, Department of Medical and Surgical Specialties, Radiological Sciences, and Public Health, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy aff014;  Urology Unit, ASST Lariana, Sant'Anna Hospital, Como, Italy aff015
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(11)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224151



There are several treatments available to newly diagnosed prostate cancer (PCA) patients. Although surgery and radiotherapy (RT) with or without androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) are widely adopted treatment options for localized PCA together with active surveillance (AS), there is no consensus nor randomised trials on treatment selection, prospective quality of life (QOL), along with toxicity outcomes and according to treatment modality in the Italian population. The current study aimed to describe clinical-therapeutic features and QOL at PCA diagnosis, according to different treatment patterns in a large prospective, Italian population, enrolled in the Pros-IT CNR study.


The Pros-IT CNR is an on-going national, multicenter, observational, prospective study on patients affected by PCA who have been referred by 97 Italian Urology, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology facilities participating in the project. The possible relationships between the treatment patterns reported in the 6 month follow-up case report form and patients’ features at diagnosis were evaluated using exploratory multiple correspondence analysis (MCA) and other data analysis method.


At diagnosis, surgery and AS patients were significantly younger, had fewer comorbidities, lower PSA levels and Gleason Score (GS) values; they were also diagnosed at an earlier stage of disease with respect to the RT or ADT patients who showed significantly worse QoL scores at the time of diagnosis.


An analysis of the data collected at baseline and 6 months later uncovered substantial differences in ages, comorbidities, clinical and QOL features in the various treatment groups. These findings do not fully reflect the current PCA treatment guidelines and suggest the need for a multidisciplinary consensus guideline to ameliorate both the counselling and treatments of PCA patients.

Klíčová slova:

Cancer detection and diagnosis – Cancer treatment – Italian people – Oncology – Prostate cancer – Surgical and invasive medical procedures – Surgical oncology – Urology


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