Managing Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Who Develop Prostate Cancer.

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Managing Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Who Develop Prostate Cancer.

Dig Dis Sci. 2019 Nov 11;:

Authors: Kim J, Feagins LA

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the USA. Interestingly, recent studies suggest that patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Importantly, patients with IBD who develop prostate cancer require thoughtful care when using immunosuppressants to treat the IBD in the setting of malignancy. Further, consideration must be given to the proximity of the prostate to the gastrointestinal tract when treating with radiation where there is concern for the effects of inadvertent exposure of radiation to the diseased bowel. In general, management of immunosuppression after diagnosis of prostate cancer is contingent on the specific immunosuppressive agents, the duration of cancer remission and/or plans for cancer treatment, and the potential risks and benefits of stopping or altering the administration of those agents. Concerns that patients with IBD would have increased risk of disease exacerbation and gastrointestinal toxicity have previously limited the use of radiation. While currently no consensus has been reached regarding the safety of radiation therapy in patients with IBD, recent studies suggest that radiation therapy may be used safely in patients with IBD who develop prostate cancer, especially brachytherapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy which may have less bowel toxicity compared to conventional methods of external beam radiation therapy. A multidisciplinary team approach including gastroenterologists, urologists, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists should be undertaken to best treat patients with IBD and prostate cancer.

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