When prostate cancer (PCa) patients are diagnosed as ‘incurable’, most patients still have many years to live and often undergo a continuum of burdensome and expensive systemic treatments that can impair quality of life. Due to the active promotion of new systemic therapies in the treatment of metastatic and/or castrationrefractory PCa patients, other treatment modalities such as modern radiotherapy (RT) have been considered as therapies that relieve symptoms, without offering any possibility of cure or additional quality of life-adjusted life years. This PhD thesis investigated whether the implementation of modern RT in previously non-RT indications could prove otherwise. To achieve this, the PCa timeline was followed in search of treatment paradigms, and re-introduced RT in different disease settings. Firstly, the addition of elective para-aortic lymph node radiotherapy was investigated in patients diagnosed with locally advanced pN1 prostate cancer, with local treatment of the prostate (bed) and pelvic lymph nodes, along with 24 months of ADT, in the prospective multicentric PART study. Secondly, a large retrospective study was performed, focused on patients with oligorecurrent prostate cancer who were treated with metastasis-directed therapy (MDT). Finally, the use of MDT was investigated in patients diagnosed with oligoprogressive metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), while continuing otherwise successful ongoing systemic treatment. Will this approach lead to a substantial postponement of next-line systemic treatment (NEST)?
(BELG J MED ONCOL 2022;16(7):363–6)