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The new insight of prostate-specific antigen reduction during finasteride therapy in aging men

  • Xu D,
  • Ding J,
  • Zhu Y,
  • Qian X,
  • Duan L,
  • Qi J.

Publication: Aging Clin Exp Res. 2016 Jan 11

Objective:

To evaluate the effect of finasteride on prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in Chinese population.

Materials and methods:
From Feb 2011 to Jan 2012, 83 benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients with prostate volume (PV) >30 mL were enrolled in our study. All the patients were older than 50 years and all of them received combined therapy (finasteride + doxazosin). All the patients were required for 1-year follow-up. PSA level and PV was measured at the start, 6 and 12 months, respectively.

Results:
79 patients completed the follow up. PSA level reduced by approximately 40 % during finasteride therapy. We defined baseline PSA as PSA1, PSA at 6 months as PSA2, PSA at 12 months as PSA3. PSA1 was significantly correlated with PSA2/PSA1 and PSA3/PSA1. However, prostate volume was not correlated with PSA1. We divided the patients into three groups according to PSA level. Groups 1, 2, 3 represented the patients with PSA less than 2 ng/mL, between 2 and 4 ng/mL and greater than 4 ng/mL, respectively. Both the PSA2/PSA1 and the PSA3/PSA1 had significant difference among three groups. Furthermore, group 1 and group 2 both showed the fairly large data variance.

Conclusions:
When baseline PSA level was greater than 4 ng/mL, the doubling rule could be used for screening. When baseline PSA level was less than 4 ng/Ml, the doubling rule might not be an accurate predictor. We can use the PSA rise from nadir or proPSA to predict prostate cancer.