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Sequential Testosterone and Enzalutamide Prevents Unfavorable Progression

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04363164
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : April 27, 2020
Last Update Posted : September 2, 2020
United States Department of Defense
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

Brief Summary:
Asymptomatic men without pain due to prostate cancer progressing with metastatic CRPC after treatment with combination or sequential ADT + Abi will be treated on a randomized, open label study to determine if sequential treatment with high dose T and Enza will improve primary and secondary objectives vs. continuous Enza as standard therapy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Castration Resistant Metastatic Prostate Cancer Drug: Testosterone cypionate Drug: Enzalutamide Drug: Testosterone enanthate Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Eligible patients are those who have progressive disease after treatment with Abi either in combination with ADT as initial therapy or as second-line therapy after development of resistance to primary ADT. Patients will continue on ADT with Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist (i.e. Zoladex, Trelstar, Eligard or Lupron) or LHRH antagonist (Degarelix) if not surgically castrated throughout the duration of the study to inhibit endogenous testosterone production. Patients will be randomized 1:2 and stratified based on whether patients received Abi in combination with ADT or in sequence after progression on ADT and based on duration of response to Abi (<6 or ≥ 6 months). Patients randomized to Arm A will receive continuous therapy with standard dose Enza (160 mg po q day). Patients randomized to Arm B will receive Sequential Testosterone and Enzalutamide (STE). Patients in Arm B will receive intramuscular injection with testosterone cypionate (T) at a dose of 400 mg every 28 days x 2 (i.e. cycle 1). This dose was selected based on data demonstrating that it produces an initial high dose serum level of T (i.e. > 1500 ng/dL or 3-10 times normal level) with eugonadal levels achieved at the end of two weeks and near castrate levels after 28 days. On Day 1 of cycle 2, patients will stop testosterone and begin enzalutamide 160 mg po q day for 56 days. Each cycle is 56 days. On Day 1 of cycle 3, patient will not take enzalutamide and will again receive injection of testosterone. Patients will continue to alternate one cycle of testosterone (2 injections) with one cycle of 56 days of enzalutamide.

Patients will have prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and symptoms assessment checked every cycle. Every 2 cycles (~4 months) patients will have repeat bone/CT scans to evaluate treatment response status. On CT scan, radiographic progression will be defined by RECIST criteria (i.e. >20% increase in the sum of target lesions). On bone scan, radiographic progression will be defined by PCWG3 criteria as ≥ 2 new bone lesions.

Patients with PSA progression but with disease response or stable disease on imaging studies will remain on study until clinical or radiographic progression criteria are met. Patients with radiographic disease progression will stop treatment and come off study. Patients with clinical progression due to pain flare after first two injection of testosterone can remain on study. If pain persists after first cycle of enzalutamide, patients will stop treatment and come off study. If pain resolves on enzalutamide, but returns with next or subsequent cycles of testosterone, patients will stop treatment and come off study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 90 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Phase II Study Comparing Sequential High Dose Testosterone and Enzalutamide to Enzalutamide Alone in Asymptomatic Men With Castration Resistant Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Actual Study Start Date : August 19, 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2025
Estimated Study Completion Date : July 2026

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Arm A: Enzalutamide
Patients randomized to Arm A will receive continuous therapy with standard dose Enzalutamide (160 mg oral daily).
Drug: Enzalutamide
Enzalutamide is a white crystalline non-hygroscopic solid. It is practically insoluble in water. Enzalutamide is provided as liquid-filled soft gelatin capsules for oral administration. Each capsule contains 40 mg of enzalutamide as a solution in caprylocaproyl polyoxylglycerides. The inactive ingredients are caprylocaproyl polyoxylglycerides, butylated hydroxyanisole, butylated hydroxytoluene, gelatin, sorbitol sorbitan solution, glycerin, purified water, titanium dioxide, and black iron oxide.
Other Name: Cytoxan

Experimental: Arm B: Testosterone cypionate or Testosterone enanthate
Patients randomized to Arm B will receive intramuscular injection with testosterone cypionate or testosterone enanthate at a dose of 400 mg every 56 days
Drug: Testosterone cypionate
Depo-Testosterone Injection, for intramuscular injection, contains testosterone cypionate which is the oil-soluble of the androgenic hormone testosterone. Testosterone cypionate is a white or creamy white crystalline powder, odorless or nearly so and stable in air. Depo-Testosterone Injection is available in two strengths, 100 mg/mL and 200 mg/mL testosterone cypionate.
Other Name: Depo-Testosterone Injection

Drug: Testosterone enanthate
Testosterone Enanthate Injection, for intramuscular injection, contains testosterone enanthate which is the oil-soluble ester of the androgenic hormone testosterone. Enanthate Injection is available as a colorless to pale yellow solution. Each mL contains 200 mg testosterone enanthate in sesame oil with 5 mg chlorobutanol as a preservative.
Other Name: Delatestryl

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical or Radiographic Progression free survival [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Time from the date of the randomization to the date of first documented radiological progression per RECIST 1.1 for soft tissue or PCWG3 for bone lesions, or clinical progression or death, whichever occurs first.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Safety of cyclical parenteral testosterone as assessed by the revised National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Safety of cyclical parenteral testosterone in asymptomatic men with recurrent castrate resistant prostate cancer. Safety will be evaluated by adverse events as assessed by the revised National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria (NCI CTC), version 4.0

  2. Prostate-Specific Antigen Response Rate [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Number of participants achieving a Prostate-Specific Antigen decline ≥ 50% according to Prostate Cancer Working Group (PCWG2) criteria.

  3. Objective Response Rate as Determined by RECIST [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Number of participants with partial (PR) or complete response (CR) as defined by response evaluation criteria in solid tumors (RECIST), where CR is a disappearance of all target lesions and PR is ≥30% reduction in the sum of the longest diameter of target lesions.

  4. Quality of Life as Assessed by FACIT Fatigue Scale [ Time Frame: Up to 1 year ]
    The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy - Fatigue has a score range of 0-52 with higher scores indicating better quality of life.

  5. Quality of Life as Assessed by Short Form 36 [ Time Frame: Up to 1 year ]
    All questions are scored on a scale from 0 to 100. The total score from all of the questions answered is divided by the total number of the questions answered yielding a global score from 0-100 with 100 representing the highest level of functioning possible.

  6. Time to Overall Survival [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
    Time to overall survival will be calculated as months from date of off treatment up to 3 years.

  7. Radiographic Progression free survival [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Number of months until 20% increase in the sum of target lesions on CT scans or greater than 2 new bone lesions on bone scan.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance status ≤2.
  2. Age ≥18 years.
  3. Histologically-confirmed adenocarcinoma of the prostate.
  4. Treated with continuous androgen ablative therapy (either surgical castration or LHRH agonist/antagonist).
  5. Documented castrate level of serum testosterone (<50 ng/dl).
  6. Metastatic disease radiographically documented by CT or bone scan.
  7. Must have had disease progression while on abiraterone acetate alone or abiraterone acetate in combination with other ADT.:
  8. PSA progression defined as an increase in PSA, as determined by 2 separate measurements taken at least 1 week apart And/ Or Radiographic disease progression, based on RECIST 1.1 in patients with measurable soft tissue lesions or PCWG3 for patients with bone disease
  9. Screening PSA must be ≥ 1.0 ng/mL.
  10. Patients with soft tissue lesion amenable to biopsy must agree to biopsy collection pre-treatment and at a defined point on treatment to perform tumor tissue analysis.
  11. No prior treatment with enzalutamide, apalutamide, darolutamide, or other investigational androgen receptor (AR) targeted treatment is allowed.
  12. Prior treatment with testosterone is allowed.
  13. Prior treatment with docetaxel (≤ 6 doses)for hormone-sensitive prostate cancer is allowed.
  14. Prior treatment with Provenge vaccine and 223Radium (Xofigo) is allowed if >4 weeks from last dose.
  15. Patients must be withdrawn from abiraterone for ≥ 2 weeks.
  16. Attempts must be made to wean patients off prednisone and be off therapy for ≥ 1 week prior to starting therapy. Patients who cannot be weaned due to symptoms may continue on lowest dose of prednisone achieved during weaning period.
  17. Acceptable liver function:

    Bilirubin < 2.5 times institutional upper limit of normal (ULN) aspartate transaminase (AST) (SGOT) and aka alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (SGPT) < 2.5 times ULN

  18. Acceptable renal function:

    Serum creatinine < 2.5 times ULN

  19. Acceptable hematologic status:

    Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1500 cells/mm3 (1.5 ×109/L) Platelet count ≥ 100,000 platelet/mm3 (100 ×109/L) Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL.

  20. At least 4 weeks since prior radiation or chemotherapy.
  21. Ability to understand and willingness to sign a written informed consent document.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pain due to metastatic prostate cancer requiring treatment intervention.
  2. ECOG Performance status ≥3
  3. Prior treatment with enzalutamide is prohibited.
  4. Prior chemotherapy with docetaxel or cabazitaxel for castration resistant prostate cancer is prohibited.
  5. Requires urinary self-catheterization for voiding due to obstruction secondary to prostatic enlargement well documented to be due to prostate cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Patients with indwelling Foley or suprapubic catheter for obstructive symptoms are eligible.
  6. 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, severe and extensive spinal metastases with concern over spinal cord compression, extensive liver metastases).
  7. Evidence of serious and/or unstable pre-existing medical, psychiatric or other condition (including laboratory abnormalities) that could interfere with patient safety or provision of informed consent to participate in this study.
  8. Active uncontrolled infection, including known history of HIV/AIDS or hepatitis B or C.
  9. Any psychological, familial, sociological, or geographical condition that could potentially interfere with compliance with the study protocol and follow-up schedule.
  10. Patients receiving anticoagulation therapy with Coumadin are not eligible for study. [Patients on non-coumadin anticoagulants (Lovenox, Xarelto, etc.) are eligible for study. Patients on Coumadin who can be transitioned to lovenox prior to starting study treatments will be eligible].
  11. Patients are excluded with prior history of a thromboembolic event within the last 12 months that is not being treated with systemic anticoagulation.
  12. Hematocrit >51%, untreated severe obstructive sleep apnea, uncontrolled or poorly controlled heart failure [per Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guidelines (34)]
  13. Patients allergic to sesame seed oil or cottonseed oil are excluded.
  14. Major surgery (eg, requiring general anesthesia) within 3 weeks before screening, or has not fully recovered from prior surgery (ie, unhealed wound). Note: subjects with planned surgical procedures to be conducted under local anesthesia may participate.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04363164

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United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University/Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
United States Department of Defense
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Principal Investigator: Samuel Denmeade, MD SKCCC at Johns Hopkins
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Responsible Party: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Identifier: NCT04363164    
Other Study ID Numbers: J2060
IRB00246118 ( Other Identifier: JHU IRB )
First Posted: April 27, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 2, 2020
Last Verified: August 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No
Keywords provided by Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins:
Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Prostatic Diseases
Testosterone undecanoate
Testosterone enanthate
Testosterone 17 beta-cypionate
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents
Anabolic Agents