Erleada Improves Survival in Prostate Cancer Subset

Gina Columbus

In topline findings from the phase 3 TITAN trial (NCT02489318) announced today by Janssen, Erleada (apalutamide) in combination with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) significantly improved radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) and overall survival (OS) versus placebo in patients with metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer.

The study has been unblinded based on these preplanned data, along with a recommendation by an Independent Data Monitoring Committee. The committee recommended that patients on the placebo plus ADT arm be permitted to cross over to the Erleada group. Patients will continue to be followed for OS and long-term safety as part of TITAN. 

“The TITAN study was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Erleada in combination with androgen deprivation therapy in patients with newly diagnosed metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer, regardless of the extent of their disease,” said Margaret Yu, M.D., vice president, Oncology Clinical Development, Janssen Research & Development, LLC. “We look to continue to build upon our understanding of Erleada for patients with metastatic prostate cancer as there remains a significant unmet need for additional treatment options.”

Full findings of the TITAN study will be presented at an upcoming medical meeting. Additionally, regulatory applications for Erleada in this setting are planned to be submitted in 2019.

The international, multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized TITAN trial enrolled 1,052 patients with metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer who were newly diagnosed, regardless of prognostic risk, volume of disease, had an ECOG performance status of 0 or 1 and had prior therapy with docetaxel or localized treatment. Patients were randomized to receive oral Erleada at 240 mg once daily plus ADT or placebo combined with ADT until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity, or end of treatment. The co-primary endpoints were rPFS and OS; secondary endpoints included time to chemotherapy, time to pain progression, time to chronic opioid use, and time to skeletal-related event.

Patients with small cell, ductal, or neuroendocrine carcinoma of the prostate, brain metastases, lymphatic metastases, visceral metastases, a prior malignancy within five years of randomization, a history of seizures or prior treatment with other next-generation AR inhibitors or CYP17 inhibitors, immunotherapy or radiopharmaceutical agents were excluded.

In February 2018, the FDA approved Erleada for the treatment of patients with nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), making it the first FDA-approved treatment in this setting. Additional National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines state that Erleada is a category 1 recommendation for patients with nonmetastatic CRPC, especially for those with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) doubling time up to 10 months.

The approval was based on data from the phase 3 SPARTAN trial, in which Erleada led to a 72 percent reduction in the risk of metastasis or death in patients with nonmetastatic CRPC.

In SPARTAN, 1207 patients were randomized in a 2 to 1 ratio to 240 mg of Erleada daily (806 patients) or placebo (401 patients). The average baseline PSA doubling time was less than five months in both arms. Additionally, patients who developed metastases were allowed to receive abiraterone Zytiga (acetate) plus prednisone.

The primary endpoint was metastasis-free survival; secondary endpoints included time to metastasis, progression-free survival, time to symptomatic progression, and overall survival (OS). For patients who developed metastases, the researchers also evaluated the time between randomization to first treatment for metastatic CRPC and subsequent progression (PFS2).

Results showed that the median MFS was 40.5 months in the Erleada arm versus 16.2 months with placebo. Adverse events led to discontinuation in 10.7 percent and 6.3 percent of the apalutamide and control arms, respectively. Moreover, neither group had a reduction in mean baseline health-related quality-of-life scores as the trial progressed, and there was no difference over time in the scores between the groups. It was noted that PFS2 was longer for patients who were initially randomized to Erleada.

This article originally appeared on OncLive as "Apalutamide Improves Survival in Metastatic Castration-Sensitive Prostate Cancer."
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