Associations between serum Vitamin D and adverse pathology in men undergoing radical prostatectomy

Yaw A. Nyame, Adam B. Murphy, Diana K. Bowen, Gregory Jordan, Ken Batai, Michael Dixon, Courtney M.P. Hollowell, Stephanie Kielb, Joshua J. Meeks, Peter H. Gann, Virgilia Macias, Andre Kajdacsy-Balla, William J. Catalona, Rick Kittles

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Purpose Lower serum Vitamin D levels have been associated with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Among men with localized prostate cancer, especially with low- or intermediate-risk disease, Vitamin D may serve as an important biomarker of disease aggression. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between adverse pathology at the time of radical prostatectomy and serum 25-hydroxyVitamin D (25-OH D) levels. Methods This cross-sectional study was carried out from 2009 to 2014, nested within a large epidemiologic study of 1,760 healthy controls and men undergoing prostate cancer screening. In total, 190 men underwent radical prostatectomy in the cohort. Adverse pathology was defined as the presence of primary Gleason 4 or any Gleason 5 disease, or extraprostatic extension. Descriptive and multivariate analyses were performed to assess the relationship between 25-OH D and adverse pathology at the time of prostatectomy. Results Eighty-seven men (45.8%) in this cohort demonstrated adverse pathology at radical prostatectomy. Themedian age in the cohort was 64.0 years (interquartile range, 59.0 to 67.0). On univariate analysis,men with adverse pathology at radical prostatectomy demonstrated lower median serum 25-OH D (22.7 v 27.0 ng/mL, P = .007) comparedwith their counterparts. On multivariate analysis, controlling for age, serum prostate specific antigen, and abnormal digital rectal examination, serum 25-OH D less than 30 ng/mL was associated with increased odds of adverse pathology (odds ratio, 2.64; 95% CI, 1.25 to 5.59; P = .01). Conclusion Insufficiency/deficiency of serum 25-OH D is associated with increased odds of adverse pathology in men with localized disease undergoing radical prostatectomy. Serum 25-OH D may serve as a useful biomarker in prostate cancer aggressiveness, which deserves continued study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1345-1349
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Apr 20 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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