The PROfound Trial (details here) compared the effectiveness of Lynparza to either Xtandi or Zytiga (cohort B) in men who had already failed one of them. They compared the two groups in men who had somatic mutations in BRCA 1/2 or ATM (Cohort A, n=245) and in men who had somatic mutations in any of 12 other DNA-repair genes (Cohort B, n=142), and in men who had any of the 15 DNA-repair mutations (Cohort A+B, n=387). The trial was conducted at 229 sites. The 12 other DNA-repair mutated genes were BARD1, BRIP1, CDK12, CHK1/2, FANCL, PALB2, PPP2R2A, RAD51B/C/D, and RAD54L.
Their interim (median 1 year) findings comparing Lynparza vs Xtandi/Zytiga were as follows:
Median radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS):
- Cohort A: 7.4 months vs 3.6 months (HR=0.34, p<0.0001)
- Cohort A+B: 5.8 months vs 3.5 months (HR=0.49, p<0.0001)
- 6-month rPFS: 60% vs 23%
- 12-month rPFS: 28% vs 9%
- Objective Response Rate: 33% vs 2%
- Time to pain progression: not reached vs 10 months
- Cohort A: 19.1 months vs 14.7 months (HR=0.69, p=0.02)
- Cohort A+B: 17.3 months vs 14.0 months (not statistically significant)
- Cohort B: 14.1 months vs 11.5 months (not statistically significant)
- Two-thirds of controls crossed-over to receive olaparib
- After adjusting for cross-over, the hazard ratio improved to 0.42 in Cohort A, but were not significant in Cohort B or Cohort A+B
- Lynparza patients had more anemia, nausea, fatigue & asthenia, decreased appetite, diarrhea/constipation, vomiting, and respiratory issues.
- 16.4% discontinued with Lynparza vs 8.5% discontinued with hormonal therapy
- Nevertheless, they stuck with Lynparza for 7.4 months vs 3.9 months with hormonal therapy
(update 5/19/20) The FDA approved Lynparza for mCRPC patients with germline or somatic homologous recombination repair mutations who have progressed on Zytiga or Xtandi.
- Reduction of PSA by at least 50% was seen in 83% of men with BRCA1/2 mutations vs 0% of men with ATM mutations.
- Progression-free survival was 12.3 months in men with BRCA1/2 mutations vs 3.3 months in men with ATM mutations.
Similarly good responses among men with bi-allelic (both genes mutated) BRCA1/2 mutations vs other DNA-repair mutations were reported in a Phase 2 trial of niraparib. The FDA has granted it "breakthrough therapy" designation.
Men with CDK12 mutations (one of the DNA repair mutations in Cohort B of the PROfound trial) unsurprisingly did not respond to PARP inhibitors (see this link).
Preliminary results of the TRITON 2 clinical trial of rucaparib in men with DNA-damage repair (DDR) deficiencies (either germline or somatic) were also reported. Clinical benefit (the % who had no radiographic progression and stayed with rucaparib) at 6 months and 12 months for each of the DDR genes found were as follows:
- BRCA1/2: 56% (47/84) at 6 mos., 25% (6/53) at 12 mos.
- ATM: 29% (14/48) at 6 mos., 8% (2/25) at 12 mos.
- CDK12: 21% (3/14) at 6 mos., 7% (1/14) at 12 mos.
- CHK2: 67% (2/3) at 6 mos., 0% (0/1) at 12 mos.
- Other DDR: 50% (6/12) at 6 mos., 33% (3/9) at 12 mos.
- Treatment interruption or dose reduction in 54%
- Discontinuation in 9.5%
- Most common serious (grade 3+) adverse events: anemia (18%), fatigue (11%), thrombocytopenia (6%)
- 5 deaths (3%)
Triton 3 (comparing rucaparib to abiraterone, enzalutamide or docetaxel) is ongoing.
Early results of the TALAPRO-1 trial of talaparib have been presented. The 43 patients were previously treated with docetaxel, and half had cabazitaxel too.
- The overall objective response rate (ORR) and radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) was 26% and 5.6 months, respectively.
- Those with the BRCA 1 or 2 mutation (n=20) had a 50% ORR and 8.2-month rPFS
- Those with the ATM mutation (n=14) had a 7% ORR and 3.5-month rPFS
- The most common treatment-emergent adverse events (≥20%) were anemia, nausea, asthenia, decreased appetite, constipation, and decreased platelet count.
Patients are encouraged to get the relatively inexpensive ($249) germline test, or if negative for actionable mutations, a genomic test of a tumor biopsy or of cell-free DNA (from a blood test).