The aim of the present study was to correlate PSA response with subjective response (bone pain and performance status), in patients treated for hormone refractory carcinoma of the prostate. Twenty-four patients were introduced into the study. Median PSA was 198 ng/ml. Symptom score, performance status and PSA were monitored monthly for 3 months and then 3-monthly. Sixteen patients (66%) showed a PSA response (median value 10 ng/ml). In 8 patients (33%) PSA was <4 ng/ml. Eight patients (33%) only had a subjective response. However, 75% of the patients with a PSA value <4 ng/ml had a subjective improvement. On the other hand, subjective response was 25% only in patients in whom PSA value decreased to <50% of the initial value but >4 ng/ml. In conclusion, PSA response is not always related to subjective improvement and does not always implicate a beneficial effect of the therapy for the patient. Copyright © 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel.
|Numero di pagine||4|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2001|
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