Hematotoxicity and Nephrotoxicity in Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Radioligand Therapy with [177Lu]Lu-PSMA I&T

Philipp E. Hartrampf, Franz Xaver Weinzierl, Sebastian E. Serfling, Martin G. Pomper, Steven P. Rowe, Takahiro Higuchi, Anna Katharina Seitz, Hubert Kübler, Andreas K. Buck, Rudolf A. Werner

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(1) Background: Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-directed radioligand therapy (RLT) has shown remarkable results in patients with advanced prostate cancer. We aimed to evaluate the toxicity profile of the PSMA ligand [177Lu]Lu-PSMA I&T. (2) Methods: 49 patients with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer treated with at least three cycles of [177Lu]Lu-PSMA I&T were evaluated. Prior to and after RLT, we compared leukocytes, hemoglobin, platelet counts, and renal functional parameters (creatinine, eGFR, n = 49; [99mTc]-MAG3-derived tubular extraction rate (TER), n = 42). Adverse events were classified according to the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) v5.0 and KDIGO Society. To identify predictive factors, we used Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient. (3) Results: A substantial fraction of the patients already showed impaired renal function and reduced leukocyte counts at baseline. Under RLT, 11/49 (22%) patients presented with nephrotoxicity CTCAE I or II according to creatinine, but 33/49 (67%) according to eGFR. Only 5/42 (13%) showed reduced TER, defined as <70% of the age-adjusted mean normal values. Of all renal functional parameters, absolute changes of only 2% were recorded. CTCAE-based re-categorization was infrequent, with creatinine worsening from I to II in 2/49 (4.1%; GFR, 1/49 (2%)). Similar results were recorded for KDIGO (G2 to G3a, 1/49 (2%); G3a to G3b, 2/49 (4.1%)). After three cycles, follow-up eGFR correlated negatively with age (r = −0.40, p = 0.005) and the eGFR change with Gleason score (r = −0.35, p < 0.05) at baseline. Leukocytopenia CTCAE II occurred only in 1/49 (2%) (CTCAE I, 20/49 (41%)) and CTCAE I thrombocytopenia in 7/49 (14%), with an absolute decrease of 15.2% and 16.6% for leukocyte and platelet counts. Anemia CTCAE II occurred in 10/49 (20%) (CTCAE I, 36/49 (73%)) with a decrease in hemoglobin of 4.7%. (4) Conclusions: After PSMA-targeted therapy using [177Lu]Lu-PSMA I&T, no severe (CTCAE III/IV) toxicities occurred, thereby demonstrating that serious adverse renal or hematological events are unlikely to be a frequent phenomenon with this agent.

Original languageEnglish
Article number647
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Lu
  • Hematotoxicity
  • Nephrotoxicity
  • PSMA
  • Radioligand therapy
  • RLT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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