Custirsen Combo Falls Short in Phase III mCRPC Trial

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“Adding custirsen to cabazitaxel (Jevtana) and prednisone in the second-line setting failed to improve overall survival (OS) in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) in the phase III AFFINITY trial, according to OncoGenex, the company developing the drug.

“The open-label AFFINITY trial included 634 men with mCRPC who progressed on docetaxel. Patients were randomized to cabazitaxel plus prednisone with or without weekly custirsen. Treatment was administered until progression, unacceptable toxicity, or the completion of 10 cycles. The study was conducted at 95 locations in North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia.”

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Pivotal ARMOR 3-SV Prostate Cancer Trial Discontinued After PFS Rates Miss the Mark

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“The pivotal phase III prostate cancer trial ARMOR 3-SV will be discontinued based on recommendations made by the trial’s independent data monitoring committee (DMC), according to the manufacturer Tokai Pharmaceuticals. The DMC concluded that ARMOR 3-SV would unlikely meet its primary endpoint of demonstrating improved radiographic progression-free survival (PFS) based on its review of all safety and efficacy data. Top-line data from the trial is not expected until next year.

“It’s a big setback for the company, which was seeking the right niche for the agent in a crowded prostate cancer treatment market. ARMOR 3-SV compared galeterone with enzalutamide (Xtandi) in patients with treatment-naïve metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), particularly in patients whose prostate tumors expressed AR-V7. These truncated ARs are missing the C-terminal end of the AR that contains the ligand-binding domain, which is known as C-terminal loss. AR-V7 is the most common form of C-terminal loss of androgen receptors (ARs), a key target in resistance. This form of AR-V7 is also thought to make patients unlikely to respond to either enzalutamide or abiraterone acetate (Zytiga).”

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Shore Shares Insight on Challenges of Bone Metastases in mCRPC

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“Bone metastases in castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) create a significant problem, Neal Shore, MD, medical director of the Carolina Urologic Research Institute, said in a recent presentation at the 2016 American Urological Association Annual Meeting.

” ‘A bone-metastatic event is really a seminal event,’ said Shore, who discussed the prevalence of bone metastases and possible preventative solutions. ‘It is quite an outstanding biologic and prognostic factor in mortality and, often times, in morbidity.’ ”

“Prostate cancer represents 21% of all new cancer cases in men and is the second most common cause of cancer death among American men after lung cancer, reported Shore.”

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Safety, Survival Advantages of Radium-223 Continue to Offer Benefit in mCRPC

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“The manageable safety profile of radium-223 dichloride (Xofigo) compared with other radiopharmaceuticals is appealing to oncologists treating castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) that is metastatic to the bone, says Richard G. Stock, MD.

“ ‘With previous radiopharmaceuticals, there has been a limitation with bone marrow toxicity,’ said Stock, senior faculty, Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai Hospital. ‘Radium-223 really spares the bone marrow to a much greater degree than prior treatments, and that is why it has been embraced and much more widely utilized than any of the other radiopharmaceuticals.’ ”

“The FDA approved radium-223 in May 2013 based on findings from the phase III ALSYMPCA trial. In the study, radium-223 demonstrated a median overall survival of 14.9 months compared with 11.3 months with placebo for patients with bone-metastatic CRPC (HR, 0.70; P <.001).”

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Presence of AR-V7 in Circulating Tumor Cells Validated as Predictive Biomarker for Advanced Prostate Cancer Treatment by Memorial Sloan Kettering and Epic Sciences

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“Detecting AR-V7 positive tumor cells circulating in the blood of an advanced prostate cancer patient predicts that he will not only fail the commonly-prescribed androgen receptor signaling inhibitors (ARSI), abiraterone and enzalutamide, but that he will survive significantly longer if treated with a taxane based chemotherapy regimen.

“This discovery, published today in JAMA Oncology, emerged from a study of 161 progressing metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients about to start an FDA approved ARSIs or taxane as a first, second or third line treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Blood samples taken along with those routinely collected from the patients were analyzed on the Epic Sciences’ liquid biopsy platform for circulating tumor cells (CTCs) with the AR-V7 biomarker. Overall, almost 20% of patients had AR-V7 positive CTCs.

” ‘The percentage of men that responds to ARSIs is highest in the first line setting, decreasing steadily as more treatments are given. We found that a novel liquid biopsy for AR-V7 was able to identify, with specificity, patients who will not benefit from these therapies and should instead start chemotherapy independent of the line of therapy being administered,’ said Howard Scher, M.D., chief of the genitourinary oncology services at MSK and corresponding author for the study.”

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Retreatment With Radium-223 Found Safe in mCRPC

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“To determine if a higher dose of radium-223 would be safe, an international, multicenter, prospective study examined 44 patients with mCRPC with bone metastases. Radium-223 was found to be well tolerated in this study, with incidence of adverse advents in retreated patients comparable or lower than those seen in the ALSYMPCA trial. No new safety concerns were observed with the higher dose.

“In an interview with OncLive, Nordquist, an investigator on the trial, provides more insight on the study and the ongoing potential of radium-223 in mCRPC.”

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Steroid Use With Abiraterone Offers Multidimensional Benefits to Patients With mCRPC

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“For decades, the standard of care for men with advanced prostate cancer has been the depletion or inhibition of androgens. While androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) often results in temporary tumor regression or symptom relief in some patients, disease progression ultimately occurs over time. For patients with metastatic disease, the median overall survival (OS), until very recently, had been less than 2 years after chemotherapy.

“While tumor progression with ADT was previously believed to be hormone-refractory or androgen-independent, a large body of evidence supports that metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) is commonly driven by elevated steroid synthesis, increased expression or splice variants of the androgen receptor (AR), or AR ligand promiscuity, indicating the ongoing need for targeted androgen therapies.”

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Advaxis Combination Trial with Merck Completes First Two Dose-Escalation Cohorts

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Advaxis, Inc. (ADXS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing cancer immunotherapies, and Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK), today announced that they have completed the first two dose-escalation cohorts and launched the third dose-escalation cohort in their KEYNOTE-046 clinical trial. The Phase 1/2 study is evaluating the combination of ADXS-PSA (ADXS31-142) and KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), the first anti-PD-1 (programmed death receptor-1) therapy approved in the United States, in patients with previously treated, metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).

“The KEYNOTE-046 trial is the first-in-human study of Advaxis’ Lm immunotherapy candidate for prostate cancer. It is the second study initiated to evaluate the use of KEYTRUDA in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.”

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Expert Says Xofigo Is "Game Changer" for Bone Metastatic CRPC

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“Radium-223 dichloride (Xofigo) opened an entirely new chapter in the treatment landscape of castration-resistant prostate cancer with bone metastases (mCRPC), says E. David Crawford, MD, professor of Radiation Oncology, Department of Surgery, at the University of Colorado Denver.

“ ‘Radium-223 is sort of a surprise drug, at least to me,’ says Crawford. “We have had radioisotopes around for a long period of time, including phosphorus-32, samarium-153 (Quadramet), strontium-89 (Metastron), and others. But, they all had a lot of baggage with them, in terms of side effects.

” ‘Now, we have a new one—radium-223—which is not associated with the side effects that we were seeing with the other ones, but it is associated with an improvement in survival rate. It’s a game changer.’ ”

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