[PSMA-targeted radioligand therapy in prostate cancer]

Urologe A. 2017 Jan;56(1):32-39. doi: 10.1007/s00120-016-0274-3.
[Article in German]


Radioligand therapy (RLT) directed against prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) enables tumor-specific treatment directed against PSMA-overexpressing prostate cancer cells. Several PSMA ligands such as PSMA-617 or PSMA-I&T have been developed that can be labeled with β‑radiating lutetium-177. These are currently applied in compassionate use programs to treat metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). PSMA-directed RLT is currently being offered in several nuclear medicine departments throughout Germany. Several retrospective case series demonstrate its activity with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) decrease >50% in 30-60% of mCRPC patients. The toxicity seems to be low. Hematologic grade 4 toxicity has not been observed and grade 3 toxicities rarely occur. The main nonhematologic adverse events are intermittent dry mouth because of unspecific PSMA expression in the salivary glands as well as fatigue and nausea. Currently there are no prospective studies available for evaluation of PSMA-targeted RLT and a survival benefit over approved standard therapies such as abiraterone, enzalutamide, radium-223-dichloride, docetaxel or cabazitaxel has not been shown. PSMA-targeted RLT should therefore currently only be offered after critical evaluation in patients who exhausted the approved standard therapies.

Keywords: Hormone therapy; Metastasis; Radioligand therapy; Radiotherapy; Systemic therapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antigens, Surface / metabolism*
  • Dipeptides / pharmacokinetics*
  • Dipeptides / therapeutic use*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Glutamate Carboxypeptidase II / metabolism*
  • Heterocyclic Compounds, 1-Ring / pharmacokinetics*
  • Heterocyclic Compounds, 1-Ring / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Isotope Labeling / methods
  • Lutetium / pharmacokinetics
  • Lutetium / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Molecular Targeted Therapy / methods
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Radiopharmaceuticals / pharmacokinetics
  • Radiopharmaceuticals / therapeutic use
  • Radiotherapy / methods
  • Treatment Outcome


  • 177Lu-PSMA-617
  • Antigens, Surface
  • Dipeptides
  • Heterocyclic Compounds, 1-Ring
  • PSMA-617
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Lutetium
  • FOLH1 protein, human
  • Glutamate Carboxypeptidase II