February 12, 2021 - The novel prostate specific membrane antigen–targeted radiopharmaceutical for PET imaging technique, 18F-DCFPyL, demonstrated potential in identifying occult prostate cancer and more accurately characterizing disease burden.
The novel prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA)–targeted radiopharmaceutical for PET imaging technique, 18F-DCFPyL, demonstrated potential in identifying occult prostate cancer and more accurately characterizing disease burden, according to findings from a subanalysis of the phase 2/3 OSPREY trial that were presented during the 2021 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.
“18F-DCFPyL-PET/CT identified M1 disease in the majority of patients examined who otherwise had locoregional disease,” the researchers wrote. “These data suggest that 18F-DCFPyL-PET/CT may be a useful tool in properly staging men with both metastatic and nonmetastatic relapsed disease, which could lead to superior treatment paradigms than currently exist using conventional imaging.”
In the poster presentation, Jeremy C. Durack, MD, MS, interventional radiologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, noted that previous topline results demonstrated the following:
In the prospective phase 2/3 study OSPREY study (NCT02981368), conducted across 10 sites in the US and Canada, Durack and colleagues evaluated 18F-DCFPyL in 385 patients broken into 2 cohorts: cohort A (men with high-risk prostate cancer per National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines) and cohort B (men with presumptive recurrent or metastatic prostate cancer based on radiologic findings).
The bolus intravenous injection of 18F-DCFPyL was administered at 9 mCI (333 MBq), with imaging beginning 1 to 2 hours after administration.
18F-DCFPyL detection rates were systematically analyzed. The prospective analysis included 3 blinded, independent 18F-DCFPyL-PET/CT readers and 1 blinded conventional imaging reader.
In their poster presentation, the researchers reported on cohort B, in which 18F-DCFPyL-PET/CT was evaluated in 117 men with radiologic evidence of local recurrence or metastatic disease on baseline anatomical imaging, including a CT scan or MRI, or whole-body bone scintigraphy and in whom at least 1 lesion was deemed amenable to biopsy.
Key efficacy end points from cohort B included sensitivity of 18F-DCFPyL imaging within metastatic lesions relative to histopathology, positive predictive value (PPV) within metastatic lesions, and detection rates between 18F-DCFPyL and conventional imaging.
At baseline, 82 patients (71%) had radiographic M1 stage disease, including 14 patients with M1a, 50 patients with M1b, 18 patients with M1c; 33 patients (29%) were M0 stage at baseline by central conventional imaging review; and 2 patients were unevaluable. In addition, 28% (n = 32) had PSA <2.0 ng/mL.
Of the 33 patients with M0 stage using conventional imaging, 18F-DCFPyL up-staged 19 (58%) men to M1 stage. Ten (91%) of 11 men underwent an extra-pelvic biopsy and were confirmed to have M1 disease by pathology, including 9 patients with M1b and 1 patient with M1a.
Of the 82 patients with M1 stage at baseline using conventional imaging, 18F-DCFPyL up-staged 10 men (12%) to a higher M1 sub-stage, including 4 patients from M1a to M1b or M1c and 6 patients from M1b to M1c. Moreover, 18F-DCFPyL down-staged 18 men (22%) to M0 in this group.
“Conventional imaging and bone scintigraphy are suboptimal modalities for identifying (prostate cancer),” the researchers wrote. “PSMA-based imaging is highly promising for (prostate cancer) detection. 18F-DCFPyL is a novel PSMA-targeted radiopharmaceutical for PET that may be useful in staging of (prostate cancer).”