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A diagnosis of prostate cancer and pursuit of active surveillance is not followed by weight loss: potential for a teachable moment

Liss, M A and Schenk, J M and Faino, A V and Newcomb, L F and Boyer, H and Brooks, J D and Carroll, P R and Dash, A and Fabrizio, M D and Gleave, M E and Nelson, P S and Neuhouser, M L and Wei, J T and Zheng, Y and Wright, J L and Lin, D W and Thompson, I M (2016) A diagnosis of prostate cancer and pursuit of active surveillance is not followed by weight loss: potential for a teachable moment. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 19 (4). pp. 390-394. ISSN 1365-7852

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BACKGROUND: Obesity is a risk factor for incident prostate cancer (PC) as well as risk of disease progression and mortality. We hypothesized that men diagnosed with lower-risk PC and who elected active surveillance (AS) for their cancer management would likely initiate lifestyle changes that lead to weight loss. METHODS: Patients were enrolled in the Prostate Active Surveillance Study (PASS), a multicenter prospective biomarker discovery and validation study of men who have chosen AS for their PC. Data from 442 men diagnosed with PC within 1 year of study entry who completed a standard of care 12-month follow-up visit were analyzed. We examined the change in weight and body mass index (BMI) over the first year of study participation. RESULTS: After 1 year on AS, 7.5% (33/442) of patients had lost 5% or more of their on-study weight. The proportion of men who lost 5% or more weight was similar across categories of baseline BMI: normal/underweight (8%), overweight (6%) and obese (10%, χ2 test P=0.44). The results were similar for patients enrolled in the study 1 year or 6 months after diagnosis. By contrast, after 1 year, 7.7% (34/442) of patients had gained >5% of their weight. CONCLUSIONS: Only 7.5% of men with low-risk PC enrolled in AS lost a modest (⩾5%) amount of weight after diagnosis. Given that obesity is related to PC progression and mortality, targeted lifestyle interventions may be effective at this 'teachable moment', as men begin AS for low-risk PC.

Item Type: Article or Abstract
DOI: 10.1038/pcan.2016.28
PubMed ID: 27431498
Other ID: WOS:000388002500010
Grant Numbers: U01 CA086402, W81XWH-15-1-0441
Fred Hutch Divisions: Clinical Research
Human Biology
Public Health Sciences
Depositing User: Allysha Eyler
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 14:48
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:48

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