A Pilot Study of Parenteral Testosterone and Oral Etoposide as Therapy for Men With Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01084759
First received: March 9, 2010
Last updated: October 27, 2014
Last verified: October 2014
  Purpose

The objective of the study is to determine if men with evidence of progressive prostate cancer while on chronic androgen ablation of ≥ 1 year duration will exhibit a clinical response following administration of parenteral testosterone and oral etoposide.

Treatment Plan: Eligible patients will continue on androgen ablative therapy with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist (i.e. Zoladex or Lupron) if not surgically castrated. Patients will receive intramuscular injection with testosterone cypionate at a dose of 400 mg every month for a total of 3 injections (i.e. 3 months of therapy). This dose was selected based on data demonstrating that it produces an initial supraphysiologic serum level of testosterone (i.e. > 3-5 times normal level) with eugonadal levels achieved at the end of two weeks. Beginning the day of the testosterone injection, patients will also receive oral etoposide 100 mg/day in divided doses (50 mg q 12h) x 14 days out of 28 days per cycle. After 3 months on therapy, patients will have repeat prostate specific antigen (PSA) and bone/computed tomography (CT) scans to establish the effect of combined testosterone and etoposide treatment on these parameters (i.e. "testosterone effect baseline"). Patients with sustained elevations in PSA ≥ 50% above pre-testosterone treatment PSA levels after the initial three months of testosterone and etoposide therapy will not receive continued therapy and will come off study. Patients with PSA levels less than the peak serum PSA level seen over the three month period (PSA decline) or patients with PSA ≤ 50% of pretreatment baseline will receive a second 3 month course of monthly testosterone and etoposide therapy until evidence of disease progression. Disease progression is defined as a PSA increase above the PSA level obtained after 3 months on testosterone treatment over two successive measurements 2 weeks apart or evidence of new lesions or progression on bone/CT scans compared to baseline studies. Patients who respond to initial treatment with testosterone and etoposide and then show signs of progression will have the option of retreatment with testosterone alone after a period of 3 months or greater off of the original therapy.


Condition Intervention
Prostate Cancer
Drug: Testosterone injection
Drug: Etoposide

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study of Parenteral Testosterone and Oral Etoposide as Therapy for Men With Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in PSA levels over the course of therapy Time to PSA progression after 3 months of testosterone and etoposide therapy [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Patients with evidence of PSA and or measurable disease response after 3 months of therapy will continue to receive treatment with monthly injection of testosterone cypionate and 14 day treatments with oral etoposide per 28 day cycle. Patients will undergo response assessment with PSA levels and CT scans every 3 months and bone scans every 6 months


Estimated Enrollment: 16
Study Start Date: March 2010
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: October 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: Testosterone injection
    Patients will receive an intramuscular gluteal injection with testosterone cypionate at a dose of 400 mg every month for a total of 3 injections (i.e. 3 months of therapy). This route and dose of testosterone was selected based on data demonstrating that it produces an initial supraphysiologic serum level of testosterone (i.e. > 3-5 times normal level) with eugonadal levels achieved at the end of two weeks.
    Other Name: Testosterone Cypionate
    Drug: Etoposide
    On the day of testosterone injection (i.e. day 1 of each cycle) patients will begin therapy with oral etoposide at a dose of 100 mg/day given in divided doses (one 50 mg etoposide capsule q 12 h) for 14 consecutive days. This dose was selected based on Phase II studies of the combination of oral estramustine and oral etoposide. In these trials, myelosuppression was observed when etoposide was given for 21 days out of a 28 day cycle. Therefore, to minimize toxicity, in this study etoposide will be administered for 14 days of a 28 day cycle.
    Other Names:
    • Etopophos
    • Toposar
Detailed Description:

Based on our preclinical data, high levels of androgens can lead to significant growth suppressive effects in prostate cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistic data in in vitro models suggests that this growth suppression may be due to the accumulation of androgen induced TOP2B mediated double strand breaks at AR target sites occurring after stimulation of prostate cancer cells with high levels of androgens. Provocatively, the number of double strand breaks was significantly increased (Figure 3 B) if the cells were treated with etoposide, an agent that leads to formation of double strand breaks at TOP2 target sites, concurrently with high-dose androgen stimulation. We hypothesize that co-administration of testosterone with etoposide could produce high levels of double strand breaks in prostate cancer cells, overwhelming DNA repair and survival mechanisms and leading to cancer cell death or growth arrest. To test whether this possibility holds promise for therapy of advanced prostate cancer, we propose the following clinical trial of parenteral testosterone therapy in combination with oral etoposide in men with evidence of progressive prostate cancer during chronic androgen ablation.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Performance status ≤2
  2. Documented adenocarcinoma of the prostate with histologic confirmation
  3. Treated with continuous androgen ablative therapy (either surgical castration or LHRH agonist for ≥ 1 year)
  4. Documented castrate level of serum testosterone (<50 ng/dl)
  5. Evidence of rising PSA on two successive dates > 1 month apart
  6. Treatment with ≤ 2 prior chemotherapeutic regimens allowed
  7. Treatment with ≤2 prior second line hormone therapies allowed.
  8. Prior treatment with ketoconazole is allowed.
  9. Patients must be withdrawn from antiandrogens for ≥ 6 weeks and have documented PSA increase after the 6 week withdrawal period.
  10. Patients with rising PSA only or ≤ 5 sites of asymptomatic bone metastases and < 10 total sites of disease including bone and soft tissue documented within 28 days of enrollment on trial.
  11. Patients will considered for repeat treatment with testosterone if they meet the following criteria:

    1. Had either PSA decline from baseline following treatment with testosterone or had return of PSA levels to pretreatment baseline once serum testosterone reached a castrate level.
    2. Must continue to meet inclusion/exclusion criteria as described above
    3. Must have been off testosterone therapy for ≥ 3 months
    4. Must have castrate level of serum testosterone
    5. Must have evidence of rising PSA on two occasions at least 2 weeks apart
    6. Are allowed to have had additional treatment with up to 2 additional hormonal therapies that include anti-androgens (e.g. flutamide, bicalutamide, nilutamide, enzalutamide), CYP17 inhibitors (e.g. ketoconazole, abiraterone acetate) or other investigational hormonal therapies.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Evidence of disease in sites or extent that, in the opinion of the investigator, would put the patient at risk from therapy with testosterone (e.g. femoral metastases with concern over fracture risk, spinal metastases with concern over spinal cord compression, lymph node disease with concern for ureteral obstruction)
  2. Abnormal liver function (bilirubin, AST, ALT ≥ 2 x upper limit of normal)
  3. Abnormal kidney function (serum creatinine ≥ 2 x upper limit of normal)
  4. Inability to provide informed consent
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Locations
United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Samuel Denmeade, MD Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Study Chair: Alberto J Pacheco, BA Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Study Director: Ting Wang, MS Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01084759     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: J09121, NA_00033419
Study First Received: March 9, 2010
Last Updated: October 27, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Prostatic Diseases
Urogenital Neoplasms
Etoposide
Etoposide phosphate
Methyltestosterone
Testosterone
Testosterone 17 beta-cypionate
Testosterone enanthate
Testosterone undecanoate
Anabolic Agents
Androgens
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Enzyme Inhibitors
Hormones
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors

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