Death from high-risk prostate cancer versus cardiovascular mortality with hormonal therapy: A decision analysis

Nataniel H. Lester-Coll, Samuel Z. Goldhaber, David J. Sher, Anthony V. D'Amico

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BACKGROUND: Randomized trials have demonstrated improved survival when hormonal therapy (HT) is added to radiation therapy (RT) for high-risk prostate cancer. However, it is still unknown whether men who have a history of myocardial infarction (MI) or MI risk factors achieve a superior outcome from HT. METHODS: A Markov decision analysis model was used to compare quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE) in men aged 50, 60, and 70 years who received RT and no HT, 6 months of HT (short-term), or 3 years of HT (long-term) for high-risk prostate cancer stratified by cardiac risk group. RESULTS: In men with a history of MI, there was a decrease of 0.1 to 0.2 quality-adjusted life years and 0.5 to 0.6 quality-adjusted life years across all ages with short-term HT and long-term HT, respectively, compared with no HT. In men without MI, receipt of short-term or long-term HT was associated with a QALE benefit versus no HT in all cohorts. Among men without MI, the optimal duration of HT was a function of age and the number of MI risk factors. Long-term HT improved QALE (range, 1.4-5.4 years) for men aged 50 or 60 years except those with MI; whereas, for men aged 70 years with 4 cardiac risk factors, short-term and long-term HT yielded identical QALE. CONCLUSIONS: Men who received RT for high-risk prostate cancer and had a history of MI experienced net harm when they received HT. Men without MI gained a QALE benefit from HT, even if they had up to 4 cardiac risk factors. The optimal duration of HT is a function of patient age and the number of cardiac risk factors. Cancer 2013.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1808-1815
Number of pages8
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2013


  • cardiovascular disease
  • decision analysis
  • hormonal therapy
  • prostate cancer
  • radiation therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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