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Prostate Cancer
Volume 2014, Article ID 184297, 6 pages
Research Article

Does Statin or ASA Affect Survival When Prostate Cancer Is Treated with External Beam Radiation Therapy?

1BC Cancer Agency Radiation Therapy Program, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre, 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 4E6
2University of British Columbia, 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
3Cancer Surveillance & Outcomes, Population Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 4E6

Received 2 November 2013; Revised 13 January 2014; Accepted 25 January 2014; Published 3 March 2014

Academic Editor: Katsuto Shinohara

Copyright © 2014 J. Caon et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Prior studies evaluating the effect of statins or acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) on the survival of men receiving prostate cancer were treatment have reported conflicting results, and have not adjusted for comorbidity. Our aim is to investigate the influence of statins and ASA on prostate cancer survival, when comorbidity is adjusted for, in men treated with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) for prostate cancer. Methods. A cohort of 3851 patients with prostate cancer treated with curative EBRT ± androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) between 2000 and 2007. Stage, treatment, medication use, and Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) scores were analyzed. Results. Median followup was 8.4 years. Mean age was 70.3 years. Neoadjuvant ADT was used in 67%. Statins were used in 23%, ASA in 24%, and both in 11%. Comorbidity scores were 0 in 65%, 1 in 25%, and ≥2 in 10% of patients. Statin and ASA use were associated with increased age and comorbidity. Although statin and ASA use were significantly associated with improved prostate cancer specific survival (PCSS) on univariate analysis, neither were on multivariate analysis. Conclusion. Neither statin nor ASA use impacted PCSS on multivariate competing risks analysis. Survival was impacted by increased comorbidity as well as statin and ASA use.