Aggressive prostate cancer with somatic loss of the homologous recombination repair gene FANCA: A case report

Hiroshi Hongo, Takeo Kosaka, Eriko Aimono, Hiroshi Nishihara, Mototsugu Oya

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Background: Precision medicine based on genomic analysis of germline or tumor tissue is attracting attention. However, there is no consensus on how to apply the results of genomic analysis to treatment. Case presentation: A 59-year-old man diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer was diagnosed with castration-resistant prostate cancer. Although he was sequentially treated with enzalutamide and abiraterone, bone metastasis progression was identified by skeletal scintigraphy. Therefore, we sequentially performed docetaxel therapy followed by cabazitaxel. After the third cycle of cabazitaxel, his prostate-specific antigen level was stable at < 10 ng/mL, and no radiological progression was detected. The patient's formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor biopsy specimen underwent multiple-gene testing by next-generation sequencing, which identified a FANCA homodeletion. No significant germline mutation was observed. Conclusions: We describe a case of aggressive, castration-resistant prostate cancer with FANCA homodeletion. Genomic analysis of prostate cancer tissue can be useful to determine optimal treatment of such cancers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalDiagnostic Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 13


  • Castration-resistant prostate cancer
  • Genomic analysis
  • Homologous recombination repair
  • Next-generation sequencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology


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