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BJU Int ; 93(1): 36-41, 2004 Jan.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-14678364


OBJECTIVE: To report an interim clinical evaluation of combined external beam irradiation (EBRT) and interstitial or regional hyperthermia in the treatment of locally advanced prostate cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From 1997 to 2001, 26 patients with T3-4/NX/0M0 prostate carcinoma were treated with a combination of conformal EBRT and hyperthermia. Fourteen patients received five weekly regional hyperthermia treatments within an optimization (phase II) study, using the coaxial transverse electrical magnetic system. Twelve patients received one interstitial hyperthermia treatment within a feasibility study (phase I), using the multi-electrode current source system. Irradiation was delivered using a conformal three-field technique, administering 70 Gy in 2-Gy fractions in 7 weeks. RESULTS: The mean initial prostate-specific antigen level was 26 ng/mL. Three patients had a T4 and 23 a T3 tumour; the tumours were classified as well (four), moderately (16) and poorly (six) differentiated. The mean follow-up was 36 months. In the combined treatments there was no toxicity of more than grade 2. In regional hyperthermia the mean index temperature (T90 and T50, i.e. exceeded by 90% and 50% of the measurements) was 40.2 degrees C and 40.8 degrees C, and for interstitial hyperthermia 39.4 degrees C and 41.8 degrees C, respectively. All patients survived; seven patients had a biochemical relapse (27%), three in the regional and four in the interstitial group. The actuarial probability of freedom from biochemical relapse was 70% at 36 months for all patients together, 79% for regional and 57% for interstitial. No factors were found that could be used to predict relapse. CONCLUSIONS: The clinical outcome in these patients with advanced localized prostate cancer seems to compare favourably with most series using irradiation alone, and the treatment caused no severe complications.

Hipertermia Inducida/métodos , Neoplasias de la Próstata/terapia , Anciano , Terapia Combinada/métodos , Supervivencia sin Enfermedad , Estudios de Factibilidad , Estudios de Seguimiento , Humanos , Hipertermia Inducida/efectos adversos , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Neoplasias de la Próstata/radioterapia , Resultado del Tratamiento
Int J Hyperthermia ; 19(4): 402-13, 2003.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-12850926


INTRODUCTION: The aim of this prospective study was to describe quality of life (QoL) in patients with locally advanced prostate carcinoma treated with conventional radiotherapy and to evaluate the influence of adding regional or interstitial hyperthermia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients were irradiated using a CT-planned conventional three field technique, administering 70 Gy to prostate and vesicles. In two different phase I studies, hyperthermia was added to the radiotherapy. Twelve patients were treated with one interstitial hyperthermia treatment, lasting 60 min. Fourteen patients have been treated with five regional hyperthermia treatments, lasting 75 min each. In both hyperthermia studies, the body, bladder and rectum temperatures remained below safety limits. Patients treated with radiotherapy alone (n = 58) or combined with regional (n = 8) or interstitial hyperthermia (n = 12) completed the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) core questionnaire (C30 + 3), the EORTC prostate cancer module (PR25) and the Rand 36 health survey before treatment and 1 and 6 months after completion of treatment. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for repeated measurements has been performed to describe the data. RESULTS: All patient groups were comparable concerning patient characteristics. No significant interaction or difference in QoL has been noticed between the two hyperthermia patient groups and the patient group without hyperthermia. Therefore, all groups were analysed together (n = 78) to detect QoL changes in time. A deterioration of QoL has been measured from baseline to 1 month after treatment. Fatigue, pain, urinary symptoms, bowel symptoms and financial difficulties increased significantly. Social, physical and role functioning worsened significantly. No differences in QoL were measured 6 months after treatment compared to the baseline measurement, except for a decrease in sexual activity. CONCLUSIONS: After radiotherapy with or without hyperthermia only a temporary deterioration of QoL occurs, concerning social, psychological and disease related symptoms. Additional hyperthermia does not seem to decrease QoL.

Hipertermia Inducida , Neoplasias de la Próstata/fisiopatología , Neoplasias de la Próstata/terapia , Calidad de Vida , Radioterapia , Anciano , Humanos , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Estadificación de Neoplasias , Estudios Prospectivos , Neoplasias de la Próstata/patología , Neoplasias de la Próstata/psicología , Encuestas y Cuestionarios