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Study of Paclitaxel, Estramustine Phosphate and Thalidomide for Patients With Metastatic Androgen-Independent Prostate Carcinoma

This study has been completed.
Celgene Corporation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: May 29, 2002
Last updated: May 31, 2013
Last verified: May 2013
The three study drugs (Thalidomide, Taxol, and Estramustine) used in this study are all chemotherapy drugs used in shrinking the cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Prostate Cancer
Drug: Estramustine
Drug: Thalidomide
Drug: Paclitaxel (Taxol)
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I/II Study of Paclitaxel, Estramustine Phosphate and Thalidomide for Patients With Metastatic Androgen-Independent Prostate Carcinoma (AI-PCa)

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Maximum tolerated dose (MTD) Thalidomide [ Time Frame: 21 day cycles ]
    MTD defined by Continuous reassessment method.

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: October 2000
Study Completion Date: December 2004
Primary Completion Date: February 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Thalidomide, Taxol, Estramustine
Thalidomide starting dose 200 mg by mouth every day once a week; Taxol 100 mg/m^2 by vein (IV) over 3 hours Day 3 and Day 10; Estramustine 140 mg by mouth three times a day on Days 1-5, 8-12.
Drug: Estramustine
140 mg by mouth (po) three times a day on Days 1-5, 8-12
Other Names:
  • Emcyt
  • Estramustine Phosphate
Drug: Thalidomide
200 mg by mouth every day once a week with dose escalation every week if no dose limiting toxicity.
Other Name: Thalomid
Drug: Paclitaxel (Taxol)
100 mg/m^2 by vein (IV) over 3 hours Day 3 and Day 10

Detailed Description:
  1. Evaluate the maximum tolerated dose of oral daily thalidomide along with Paclitaxel (100 mg/m^2 as a 3-hour infusion weekly * 2, every 21 days) and oral estramustine phosphate (140 mg by mouth three times/day 5 days per week * 2 weeks, every 21 days) for patients with metastatic androgen-independent prostate carcinoma.
  2. Evaluate the efficacy of this regimen for patients with metastatic Androgen-Independent Prostate Cancer who failed up to two prior non-paclitaxel containing chemotherapy regimens, as measured by:

    • 2A. The objective response rate and 'prostate-specific antigen (PSA) response rate' of the combination treatment in patients with AI-PCa progressing after chemotherapy.
    • 2B. Secondary endpoints: calculate time to disease progression, effect on performance status, analgesic consumption, and survival.
  3. To evaluate the toxicity of the combination treatment in patients with metastatic AI-PCa progressing after chemotherapy.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Signed informed consent.
  • Histologic demonstration of adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Patients with variant histologies (ductal carcinoma, small cell carcinoma) are eligible only for the Phase I part of the trial, but are excluded from the Phase II. If no sample of the primary tumor was obtained, biopsy of a metastatic site is sufficient if the tissue stains positive for PSA. Some pathologic material must be available for review. Indicator need not be biopsy proven if the clinical presentation is characteristic.
  • Androgen-Independent progression of prostate carcinoma, as shown by:

    1. Serum testosterone level of < 50 ng/dL or prior bilateral orchiectomy. Treatment to maintain castrate levels of testosterone (LHRH agonists) should continue, and
    2. Either symptomatic progression, or, if patient is asymptomatic, then a rising serum PSA in two occasions at least 1 week apart, with a minimum pre-treatment serum PSA of 5.
  • Patients must be off anti-androgens, such as flutamide (Eulexin), bicalutamide (Casodex) or nilutamide (Nilandron). They must have no evidence of response at least 4 weeks (6 weeks for bicalutamide) since anti-androgen withdrawal (or progression at any time since anti-androgen withdrawal).
  • Patients with nodal and/or visceral disease are eligible.
  • Patients may have up to 2 prior chemotherapy regimens for prostate cancer, provided that more than 3 weeks have elapsed since the last treatment and patients have recovered from toxicity. Ketoconazole is considered chemotherapy. Prior Taxanes are allowed in both the Phase I and Phase II part of the trial. For the Phase II part of the study, patients must have progressed after >/= 1 and </= 2 prior chemotherapy regimens for prostate cancer (as neoadjuvant treatment or for metastatic disease).
  • Up to one prior dose of Strontium-89 (Metastron) is allowed, if given more than 12 weeks prior to study entry. Patients may have had radiation therapy involving < 15% of the bone marrow (completed more than 3 weeks of initiation of the study).
  • Previous treatment with PC-SPES, herbal / alternative medicines, anti-angiogenesis inhibitors, immunotherapy, or other non-androgen mediated pathways (such as epidermal growth factor receptor antagonists or farnesyl transferase inhibitors) is allowed, provided that there is unequivocal evidence of disease progression since completion of the therapy and more than 2 weeks have elapsed since last treatment.
  • Patients must be at least 2 weeks from prior surgery.
  • Adequate physiologic reserve as evidenced by:

    1. Life expectancy of at least 12 weeks
    2. Zubrod performance status of < 2.
    3. Age > 18 years old.
    4. No clinical history of heart disease and a normal elect electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), OR an ejection fraction of at least 45% (by echocardiogram (ECHO), Multiple Gated Acquisition (MUGA) or ventriculography).
    5. serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGOT/SGPT) and conjugated bilirubin less than twice the upper limit of normal.
    6. Serum creatinine < 2.0 mg/dl (or, if creatinine > 2 mg/dl, then a creatinine clearance of at least 35 ml/min (measured or estimated by the Cockcroft formula: CLcr= [(140-age) * weight (kg)] / [72 * serum creatinine (mg/dl)].
    7. Absolute neutrophil count (ANC)>1500/mm^3; Platelets >100,000/mm^3; hemoglobin > 9.0 gm/dl.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with variant histologies (ductal or small cell carcinoma) are excluded from the phase II part of the trial (are eligible for the phase I part).
  • Patients with no prior chemotherapy for prostate cancer are excluded from the phase II part of the study.
  • Patients with central nervous system (CNS) metastases or serious medical illnesses, active or uncontrolled infections, significant psychiatric disorders that preclude giving informed consent, patients with NCI grade > 2 peripheral neuropathy or patients with a history of another malignancy (except from superficial bladder cancer or basal cell carcinoma of the skin) within 5 years prior to study entry are excluded from the trial.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00038246

United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Celgene Corporation
Principal Investigator: Christopher J. Logothetis, MD UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00038246     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00082693
Other Study ID Numbers: ID00-087
Study First Received: May 29, 2002
Last Updated: May 31, 2013

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Prostate Cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Genital Diseases, Male
Prostatic Diseases
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Leprostatic Agents
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
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