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Korean J Urol. 2013 Jul;54(7):433-6. doi: 10.4111/kju.2013.54.7.433. Epub 2013 Jul 15.

External validation of the cancer of the prostate risk assessment-s score in koreans undergoing radical prostatectomy.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Gangneung Asan Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Gangneung, Korea.



To evaluate the validity of the University of California San Francisco Cancer of the Prostate Risk Assessment-S score (CAPRA-S score), a biochemical indicator of recurrent prostate cancer that uses histopathologic data, in Korean prostate cancer patients.


A total of 203 prostate cancer patients who underwent radical prostatectomy between February 1997 and November 2010 were observed for longer than 6 months. The CAPRA-S score of 134 patients for whom records were available for preoperative prostate-specific antigen (PSA), pathologic specimen Gleason score, surgical margin, seminal vesicle invasion, extracapsular extension, and lymph node invasion were calculated. Biochemical recurrence was defined as repetitive measurement of PSA ≥0.2 ng/mL at least 6 months after surgery with at least a 4-week interval. The Cox proportional hazard model and Kaplan-Meier analysis were used for the statistical testing.


The CAPRA-S scores were divided into nine groups. The 5-year disease-free survival rate was reduced as the CAPRA-S score increased compared with the group with a CAPRA-S score of 0-1. The CAPRA-S score in this study was more sensitive to biochemical recurrence than was the CAPRA score conducted at this institution (CAPRA-S concordance index, 0.776; CAPRA concordance index, 0.728).


The CAPRA-S score is judged to be a useful tool for predicting the disease-free survival rate of Korean prostate cancer patients and is thought to assist in establishing postoperative management.


Disease-free survival; Prostatectomy; Prostatic neoplasms

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