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Mini oral session on Genitourinary tumours

219MO - Real-world utilization pattern of bone-targeted agents for metastatic prostate cancer: Web-based questionnaire study by Hong Kong Society of Uro-Oncology (HKSUO)


22 Nov 2020


Mini oral session on Genitourinary tumours


Darren Poon


Annals of Oncology (2020) 31 (suppl_6): S1325-S1333. 10.1016/annonc/annonc369


D.M.C. Poon1, K. Chan2, T. Chan3, F.Y. Cheung4, M. Lam3, D. Lam5, K. Law6, A. Leung7, C. Lee8, K.C. Lee9, H. Sze10, K. Wong11, C.C. Tong12, W.K.P. Kwong13

Author affiliations

  • 1 Comprehensive Oncology Center, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 2 Department Of Clinical Oncology, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 3 Department Of Clinical Oncology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 4 Oncology, HKIOC - Hong Kong Integrated Oncology Centre, Hong Kong/HK
  • 5 Department Of Clinical Oncology, State Key Laboratory of Translational Oncology, Sir YK Pao Cancer Center, Hong Kong Cancer Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital, 852 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 6 Department Of Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 7 Oncology, AMO Oncology Centre, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 8 Oncology, International Medical Centre, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 9 Department Of Clinical Oncology, Tuen Mun Hospital, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 10 Oncology, HEAL Oncology, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 11 Department Of Clinical Oncology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 12 Department Of Clinical Oncology, Queen Mary Hostpial, 000 - Hong Kong/HK
  • 13 Oncology, Hong Kong Integrated Oncology Centre, Hong Kong/HK


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Abstract 219MO


Sufficient evidence and international guidelines support the use of Bone-Targeted Agents (BTA) in metastatic prostate cancer (mPC) in alleviating the risk of skeletal-related events (SREs) as a consequence of bone metastasis. However, BTA utilization pattern in Asian mPC patients remains undetermined. A survey was conducted to evaluate the current practice of BTA in Hong Kong.


This survey consisted of 20 questions with multiple choice answers, covering patient characteristics, practice preference and factors influencing the use of BTA for mPC. The survey was posted online and sent to HKSUO members, including oncologists and urologists in public and private sectors in Hong Kong. The survey was started since Jan 2020 and filled anonymously with password provided by HKSUO.


30 clinicians (oncologists, 77%; urologists, 23%) completed the survey, with >50% practicing in public hospitals. Majority of the mPC patients had bone metastasis, with only 23% respondents reported <25% of their patients with bone metastasis. Diagnostic imaging for bone metastasis was considered for newly diagnosed prostate cancer when PSA level was high (57%), or patients presented with bone pain (34%). 74% of the respondents considered ≤1 week of waiting time for the imaging was optimal, however, only 40% of their patients has done so. BTA was considered as one of the treatment components (77%), with the primary goal for SRE prevention (73%). Clinicians tend to reserve BTA in patients with higher burden of bone metastasis (6-10 bone metastasis,27%; >10 bone metastasis, 40%). Efficacy (44%) and cost (33%) were the major considerations in selecting BTA. Denosumab was the preferred BTA (63%), while the average duration of treatment was >1 year (70%).


Our interim analysis shows BTA may be underutilized for Asian mPC patients in real-life setting. Approximately 1/4 of the respondents did not consider BTA in their treatment plan, albeit understanding its primary goal in SRE prevention. The misconception regarding the benefit of BTA limited in higher burden of disease may be the potential barriers. There seems to be an unmet need in the awareness of optimal use of BTA in mPC.

Clinical trial identification

Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

The authors.


Hong Kong Society of Uro-Oncology.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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