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BJU Int. 2011 May;107(10):1562-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2010.09692.x. Epub 2010 Sep 28.

Prediction of patient-specific risk and percentile cohort risk of pathological stage outcome using continuous prostate-specific antigen measurement, clinical stage and biopsy Gleason score.

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  • 1Department of Biostatistics, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY, USA.

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  • BJU Int. 2011 Oct;108(7):1232.



• To develop a '2010 Partin Nomogram' with total prostate-specific antigen (tPSA) as a continuous biomarker, in light of the fact that the current 2007 Partin Tables restrict the application of tPSA as a non-continuous biomarker by creating 'groups' for risk stratification with tPSA levels (ng/mL) of 0-2.5, 2.6-4.0, 4.1-6.0, 6.1-10.0 and >10.0. • To use a 'predictiveness curve' to calculate the percentile risk of a patient among the cohort.


• In all, 5730 and 1646 patients were treated with radical prostatectomy (without neoadjuvant therapy) between 2000 and 2005 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) and University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf (UCHE), respectively. • Multinomial logistic regression analysis was performed to create a model for predicting the risk of the four non-ordered pathological stages, i.e. organ-confined disease (OC), extraprostatic extension (EPE), and seminal vesicle (SV+) and lymph node (LN+) involvement. • Patient-specific risk was modelled as a function of the B-spline basis of tPSA (with knots at the first, second and third quartiles), clinical stage (T1c, T2a, and T2b/T2c) and biopsy Gleason score (5-6, 3 + 4 = 7, 4 + 3 = 7, 8-10).


• The '2010 Partin Nomogram' calculates patient-specific absolute risk for all four pathological outcomes (OC, EPE, SV+, LN+) given a patient's preoperative clinical stage, tPSA and biopsy Gleason score. • While having similar performance in terms of calibration and discriminatory power, this new model provides a more accurate prediction of patients' pathological stage than the 2007 Partin Tables model. • The use of 'predictiveness curves' has also made it possible to obtain the percentile risk of a patient among the cohort and to gauge the impact of risk thresholds for making decisions regarding radical prostatectomy.


• The '2010 Partin Nomogram' using tPSA as a continuous biomarker together with the corresponding 'predictiveness curve' will help clinicians and patients to make improved treatment decisions.

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