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Estramustine, Docetaxel, and Carboplatin in Treating Patients With Prostate Cancer That Has Not Responded to Hormone Therapy

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: May 2, 2000
Last updated: July 17, 2013
Last verified: April 2003

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of estramustine, docetaxel, and carboplatin in treating patients who have prostate cancer that has not responded to hormonal therapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Prostate Cancer
Drug: carboplatin
Drug: docetaxel
Drug: estramustine phosphate sodium
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study of Estramustine, Taxotere and Carboplatin (ETP) in Patients With Horomone Refractory Prostate Cancer

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Study Start Date: March 1999
Study Completion Date: April 2003
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose of weekly docetaxel when combined with carboplatin and estramustine in patients with hormone refractory prostate cancer.
  • Determine the safety and efficacy of this regimen in this patient population.

OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation study of docetaxel.

Patients receive oral estramustine 3 times daily on days 1-5 and docetaxel IV over 1 hour on day 2 of weeks 1-3. Patients also receive carboplatin IV over 1 hour on day 2 of week 1 only. Treatment continues every 28 days for up to 6 courses in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression.

Cohorts of 3-5 patients receive escalating doses of docetaxel until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 5 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-30 patients will be accrued for this study within 12 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed adenocarcinoma of the prostate
  • Disease progression following androgen ablation therapy (hormonal or surgical) by either:

    • Increase in the product of bidimensional diameters of 1 or more radiographically documented sites of measurable disease OR
    • Two consecutive increases in PSA documented over a previous reference value

      • First increase in PSA should occur a minimum of 1 week from the reference value and be confirmed
      • First PSA value is less than the previous value, then patient is eligible provided next PSA is greater than the second PSA
  • Testosterone levels documented in the castrate range (i.e., less than 30 ng/mL)



  • 18 to 85

Performance status:

  • CALGB 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • WBC at least 3,000/mm3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3


  • Bilirubin normal
  • SGOT no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) if alkaline phosphatase normal OR
  • Alkaline phosphatase no greater than 4 times ULN if SGOT normal OR
  • SGOT no greater than 1.5 times ULN and alkaline phosphatase no greater than 2.5 times ULN


  • Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL


  • No myocardial infarction within past year
  • No significant change in anginal pattern within past 6 months
  • No New York Heart Association class II-IV heart disease
  • No deep venous thrombosis within past year


  • No significant peripheral neuropathy


Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • Prior chemotherapy allowed except taxanes or platinum derivatives

Endocrine therapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior antiandrogens


  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005627

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: William Oh, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00005627     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DFCI-98238
CDR0000067775 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: May 2, 2000
Last Updated: July 17, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
adenocarcinoma of the prostate
recurrent prostate cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Genital Diseases, Male
Prostatic Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal processed this record on April 24, 2017