Impact of single agent daily prednisone on survival and toxicities in post-docetaxel men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC): An analysis of 2 phase III trials. Conference Paper uri icon

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  • 213 Background: Daily oral prednisone (P) has been employed for the therapy of mCRPC, alone or in combination regimens. Despite palliative benefits and PSA responses, the overall clinical impact of P is unknown and it may foster resistance mechanisms. We performed a pooled analysis of control arms of randomized trials which either did or did not administer single agent P to evaluate its impact on overall survival (OS) and toxicities. Methods: Individual patient data from control arms ofrandomized trials of post-docetaxel men receiving placebo or P + placebo were eligible for analysis. Patient demographics, survival, and toxicity data were collected. The impact of P on OS and toxicities was investigated in Cox regression models adjusted for known clinical and laboratory prognostic factors. Statistical significance was defined as a p-value < 0.05 and all tests were two-sided. Results: The control arms of 2 randomized phase III trials were available totaling 794 men: the COU-AA-301 trial (n = 394) administered P plus placebo and the CA184-043 trial (n = 400) administered placebo alone. P plus placebo was not significantly associated with OS compared to placebo alone in a multivariable analysis (HR = 0.89 [95% CI 0.72-1.10], p = 0.27). Other factors associated with poor OS were Eastern Cooperative Oncology group (ECOG)-performance status (PS) ≥ 1, Gleason Score ≥ 8, liver metastasis, high PSA, hypoalbuminemia, and elevated LDH.In contrast, CTCAE grade ≥ 3 therapy-related toxicities were significantly increased with P plus placebo compared to placebo alone (HR = 1.48 (1.03-2.13), p = 0.034) in a multivariable analysis. Other baseline factors significantly associated with a higher risk of grade ≥ 3 toxicities were ECOG-PS ≥ 1, hypoalbuminemia and elevated LDH. Conclusions: P plus placebo compared with placebo alone for post-docetaxel men with mCRPC was not associated with extension of OS, but was associated with higher grade ≥ 3 toxicities. With the exception of the use of P in combination with abiraterone, P alone or in combination regimens should be questioned given its unclear palliative benefits and association with increased toxicities.


  • Sonpavde, Guru
  • Pond, Gregory
  • Templeton, Arnoud J
  • Kwon, Eugene D
  • De Bono, Johann S

publication date

  • January 10, 2016