Introduction: Drug development and clinical decision making for patients with metastatic prostate cancer (PC) have been hindered by a lack of quantitative methods of assessing changes in bony disease burden that are associated with overall survival (OS). Bone scan index (BSI), a quantitative imaging biomarker of bone tumor burden, is prognostic in men with metastatic PC. We evaluated an automated method for BSI calculation for the association between BSI over time with clinical outcomes in a randomized double-blind trial of tasquinimod (TASQ) in men with metastatic castration-resistant PC (mCRPC).
Methods: Bone scans collected during central review from the TASQ trial were analyzed retrospectively using EXINIbone(BSI), an automated software package for BSI calculation. Associations between BSI and other prognostic biomarkers, progression-free survival, OS, and treatment were evaluated over time.
Results: Of 201 men (57 TASQ and 28 placebo), 85 contributed scans at baseline and week 12 of sufficient quality. Baseline BSI correlated with prostate-specific antigen and alkaline phosphatase levels and was associated with OS in univariate (hazard ratio [HR] = 1.42, P = 0.013) and multivariate (HR = 1.64, P<0.001) analyses. BSI worsening at 12 weeks was prognostic for progression-free survival (HR = 2.14 per BSI doubling, P<0.001) and OS (HR = 1.58, P = 0.033) in multivariate analyses including baseline BSI and TASQ treatment. TASQ delayed BSI progression.
Conclusions: BSI and BSI changes over time were independently associated with OS in men with mCRPC. A delay in objective radiographic bone scan progression with TASQ is suggested; prospective evaluation of BSI progression and response criteria in phase 3 trials of men with mCRPC is warranted.
Keywords: Automated detection; Bone metastases; Computer-assisted diagnosis; Image analysis; Progression-free survival; Prostate cancer; Radionuclide imaging; Tasquinimod.
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