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Urology. 2011 Nov;78(5):1131-5. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2011.07.1416.

Prognostic impact of C-reactive protein for determining overall survival of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer treated with docetaxel.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Cancer Institute Hospital, Japanese Foundation of Cancer Research, Tokyo, Japan.



To verify the prognostic impact of C-reactive protein (CRP) for patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) treated with docetaxel in a single institution.


A group of 80 consecutive patients with CRPC were treated with docetaxel in our institution from January 2005 to May 2010. The patients received 75 mg/m(2) of docetaxel intravenously every 3 weeks. The prognostic value of all covariables, including CRP, was assessed using the Cox proportional hazard model. Risk stratification for overall survival was described from the results of the multivariable analysis.


The median survival period for all patients was 14.5 months. The multivariable analysis showed that CRP and hemoglobin levels were independent prognostic factors for overall survival. Based on the presence of an elevated CRP concentration and/or a low hemoglobin level, all patients were stratified into 3 risk groups: those with no risk factors (low-risk group), those with 1 risk factor (intermediate-risk group), and those with 2 risk factors (high-risk group). The overall survival curves were clearly tiered according to the risk groups, with the 1-year overall survival rates being 86.3%, 60.5%, and 23.0% for the low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups, respectively (P <.001).


CRP is an independent prognostic factor for overall survival of patients with CRPC treated with docetaxel. Risk stratification based on CRP and hemoglobin could be helpful for estimating the overall survival.

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