[Molecular tumor board prostate cancer].


Klinik und Poliklinik für Urologie und Kinderurologie, Zentrum Operative Medizin, Universitätsklinikum Würzburg, Oberdürrbacher Str. 6, 97080, Würzburg, Deutschland. [Email]


In modern oncology, molecular tumor boards are the interface between the public healthcare system and clinical research institutions. An interdisciplinary team of medical and scientific experts assesses if extensive molecular testing for tumor profiling is appropriate and discusses therapeutic options for patients with newly diagnosed treatable alterations. In the field of metastatic prostate cancer, patients especially with a strong family history, young age of diagnosis and those who have exhausted standard treatments may benefit from molecular profiling. Expression of the androgen receptor splice variant 7 (AR-V7) predicts nonresponse to next-generation AR-directed therapy like abiraterone or enzalutamide. Different blood tests for AR-V7 detection are now commercially available. Mutations in the DNA repair pathway are another frequent event in metastatic prostate cancer. Homologous recombination defects sensitize cancer cells to poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. In the TOPARP-A trial, the PARP inhibitor olaparib led to high response rates (88%) in patients with mutated DNA repair genes. Furthermore, patients with DNA mismatch repair deficiency and/or microsatellite instability seem to benefit from PD-1 inhibitors, particularly pembrolizumab. At this time neither PARP inhibitors nor PD-1 inhibitors are approved for metastatic prostate cancer treatment in Germany. Therefore, a recommendation of a molecular tumor board for biomarker-matched off-label use of approved drugs across entity barriers will support coverage by health insurance.


Androgen receptor,Hormone replacement therapy,Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase,Programmed cell death inhibitor,Targeted therapy,