Second-Line Docetaxel Superior to ARATA in mCRPC

Jason Harris

Prostate Cancer
Men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who progressed following initial treatment with an androgen receptor-axis-targeted agent (ARATA) had better survival when treated with docetaxel in second-line.

A total of 222 men who progressed following treatment with the ARATAs abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) or enzalutamide (Xtandi) were included in this retrospective analysis. Of these 222, 108 (48.6%) were treated with initial ARATA followed by alternative ARATA and 114 (51.4%) went from ARATA to docetaxel.

PSA response rate (42.1% vs 21.3%), median PSA progression-free survival (PFS; 7.2 vs 4.2 months) and median overall survival (OS; 17.5 vs 14.5 months) all favored patients who received docetaxel as second-line therapy.

“These findings suggest that the introduction of docetaxel, rather than that of alternative ARATA, could result in favorable oncological outcomes in mCRPC patients progressing after treatment with initial ARATA,” first author Hideaki Miyake, MD, PhD, Department of Urology, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, and coauthors wrote.

“It might be of merit to timely introduce docetaxel to mCRPC patients as a second-line agent considering several parameters associated with the prognosis of this cohort of patients, particularly performance score, in order to maximize the survival benefit of second-line docetaxel therapy,” added Miyake et al.

The study population included Japanese mCRPC patients diagnosed with progressive disease during or after treatment with initial ARATA who subsequently received either alternative ARATA or docetaxel from August 2014 to June 2016. All patients were histopathologically diagnosed with prostatic adenocarcinoma, and underwent androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) by medical or surgical castration.

The choice of first-line ARATA after the failure of the primary ADT, as well as that of a second therapy either with alternative ARATA or docetaxel , was usually determined by the preference of the treating physician and/or patient without strictly regulated criteria. As a rule, both ARATAs were administered in accordance with the previously reported standard dosing schedule, while docetaxel was generally administered at a dose of 70 mg/m2 every 3 weeks.

Treatment with either agent was continued until the occurrence of disease progression. The dosing schedule could be modified in the event of treatment-associated intolerable adverse events. Overall, 49 men went from abiraterone to enzalutamide, 59 went from enzalutamide to abiraterone, 54 went from abiraterone to docetaxel, and 60 went from enzalutamide to docetaxel.

Men in the docetaxel group had higher PSA levels at baseline, but there were no significant differences in the remaining major clinicopathological parameters noted between these 2 groups. The proportions of patients achieving PSA decline of >0 (70.2% vs 50.0%), ≥30 (52.6% vs 33.3%), and ≥50% (42.1% vs 21.3%) were significantly higher in the ARATA-to-docetaxel arm.

Furthermore, investigators found that, when the reduction patterns of the serum PSA values were compared among the 4 groups receiving different sequences of each line of therapy, there were significant differences in the proportions of patients achieving PSA decline >0, ≥30% and ≥50% observed for the enzalutamide-to-abiraterone group versus the abiraterone-to-docetaxel and enzalutamide-to-abiraterone versus enzalutamide-to-docetaxel .

Univariate analyses identified duration of ADT, ECOG performance status, clinical symptoms, first-line ARATA, and second-line therapy for PSA PFS, and ECOG performance status, clinical symptoms, baseline PSA level, visceral metastasis, first-line ARATA and second-line therapy for OS as significant prognostic indicators. ECOG performance status and second-line therapy for PSA PFS, and ECOG performance status and visceral metastasis for OS remained significant prognostic indicators on multivariate analysis.
Miyake H, Sugiyama T, Aki R, et al. Comparison of alternative androgen receptor-axis-targeted agent (ARATA) versus docetaxel as second-line therapy for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer progressing after initial ARATA in real-world clinical practice in Japan [published online December 6, 2017]. Clin Genitourin Cancer. doi: 10.1016/ j.clgc.2017.11.007.
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