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A novel digital pathology-based biomarker developed using artificial intelligence (AI) can successfully guide the use of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in men with intermediate-risk localized prostate cancer. These findings were reported at the ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium 2022.

The current standard of care for men with intermediate- and high-risk localized prostate cancer treated with radiation is the addition of ADT, but no validated predictive markers for ADT use in this patient population currently exist.

Use of an AI-derived biomarker could determine which patients could be spared the cost and side effects of ADT.

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Daniel E. Spratt, MD, of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and colleagues developed a multimodal deep-learning architecture to learn from both standard clinicopathologic variables and digital imaging histopathology data and identify differential outcomes by treatment type.

“The hypothesis is that there is a wealth of unused biologic information that currently we don’t recognize in our histopathology imagery,” Dr Spratt said.

He and his collaborators validated this approach in 1719 men who participated in a phase 3 randomized trial (NRG/RTOG 9408) comparing RT with or without 4 months of ADT for localized prostate cancer. Of these, 51% had National Comprehensive Cancer Network intermediate-risk disease. The cohort had a median follow-up of 17.6 years.

Among patients with AI-biomarker–positive disease, ADT plus RT was significantly associated with a 67% lower risk for distant metastasis compared with RT alone. In the AI-biomarker–negative group, adding ADT to RT did not improve outcomes compared with RT alone, Dr Spratt reported.

The 15-year distant metastasis and prostate cancer-specific mortality rate difference between RT alone and RT plus ADT was significantly greater in the AI-biomarker–positive group compared with the AI-biomarker–negative group (9.8% vs 0.4% and 8.2% vs 1.5%, respectively).

Approximately two-thirds of men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer could safely avoid ADT, regardless of prognosis, because of lack of relative and absolute benefit, Dr Spratt concluded.

Disclosures: Some study authors declared affiliations with biotech, pharmaceutical, and/or device companies. Please see the original reference for a full list of disclosures.

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Spratt DE, Sun Y, van der Wal D, et al. An AI-derived digital pathology-based biomarker to predict the benefit of androgen deprivation therapy in localized prostate cancer with validation in NRG/RTOG 9408. Presented at ASCO GU 2022; February 17-19, 2022. Abstract 223.