Long-term survival and biomarker correlates of tasquinimod efficacy in a multicenter randomized study of men with minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer

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Purpose: Tasquinimod (Active Biotech) is an oral immunomodulatory, anti-angiogenic, and antimetastatic agent that delayed metastatic disease progression in a randomized placebo-controlled phase II trial in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Here, we report long-term survival with biomarker correlates from this trial. Experimental Design: Two hundred and one (134 tasquinimod and 67 placebo) men withmCRPCwere evaluated. Forty-one men randomized to placebo crossed over to tasquinimod. Survival data were collected with a median follow-up time of 37 months. Exploratory biomarker studies at baseline and over time were collected to evaluate potential mechanism-based correlates with tasquinimod efficacy including progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Results: With 111 mortality events, median OS was 33.4 months for tasquinimod versus 30.4 months for placebo overall, and 34.2 versus 27.1 months in men with bone metastases (n = 136), respectively. Multivariable analysis demonstrated an adjusted HR of 0.52 [95% confidence interval (CI), 0.35-0.78; P = 0.001] for PFS and 0.64 (95% CI, 0.42-0.97; P = 0.034) for OS, favoring tasquinimod. Time-tosymptomatic progression was improved with tasquinimod (P = 0.039, HR = 0.42). Toxicities tended to be mild in nature and improved over time. Biomarker analyses suggested a favorable impact on bone alkaline phosphatase and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) over time and a transient induction of inflammatory biomarkers, VEGF-A, and thrombospondin-1 levels with tasquinimod. Baseline levels of thrombospondin-1 less than the median were predictive of treatment benefit. Conclusions: The survival observed in this trial ofmen withminimally symptomaticm CRPC suggests that the prolongation in PFS with tasquinimodmay lead to a survival advantage in this setting, particularly among men with skeletalmetastases, and has a favorable risk:benefit ratio. © 2013 American Association for Cancer Research.

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Clinical Cancer Research





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This article was published in Clinical Cancer Research, Volume 19, Issue 24, Pages 6891-6901.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-13-1581.

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