Active Surveillance With or Without Apalutamide Treatment in Low Risk Prostate Cancer

  • End date
    Apr 28, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Institut Paoli-Calmettes
Updated on 23 January 2021
Dominique GENRE, MD
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Many prostate cancer are slow or non progressive forms that would never impair quality or quantity of like of life if undetected. For this localized prostate cancer, the recommendation is an active surveillance, however often experienced by the patient as a lack of care. Thus the introduction of new potent androgen receptor inhibitor raise the question of the benefit of early hormonal therapy in localized prostate cancers.

The aim of this study is to assess whether treatment with an oral androgen receptor inhibitor could influence the progression of localized prostate cancer and delay the time to local treatment initiation.


Several cohort studies have demonstrated that survival time in patients with untreated early stage prostate cancer is greater than 10 years in more than 70% of cases, suggesting the existence of slowly progressive or non-progressive forms of prostate cancer that would never cause any impairment to quality or quantity of life if undetected. These forms represent currently 23% to 67% of all prostate cancers. Therefore, while men's lifetime risk of prostate cancer is high (16-18%), the corresponding risk of death is only about 3%. These observations gave the opportunity to consider, near the current standard and curative treatment, an active surveillance. This therapeutically choice offers the ability to delay or avoid definitive treatment, thereby minimizing patient morbidity. Studies to date have shown that this seems to be achieved without compromising long term outcomes (progression-free survival) in appropriately selected patients. Up to one third of them receive further treatment after a median of about 2,5 years of surveillance. However, even if active surveillance is associated with the highest quality-adjusted life expectancy when compared with local treatment, active surveillance is often experienced as a lack of care, some patients undergoing surveillance experience disutility related to anxiety which can significantly affect their quality of life.

The introduction of new potent androgen receptor inhibitors able to block several steps in the androgen receptors signaling pathway, raise the question again of the benefit of early hormonal therapy in localized prostate cancers. The aim of this study is to assess whether treatment with an oral androgen receptor inhibitor could influence the progression of localized prostate cancer and delay the time to local treatment initiation.

Condition Low Risk Prostate Cancer
Treatment Apalutamide
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03088124
SponsorInstitut Paoli-Calmettes
Last Modified on23 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Out-patient aged 18 years old
With life expectancy of more than 5 years
With ECOG performance status = 0 or 1
Having read, understood, signed and dated the informed consent
With a Localized prostate cancer diagnozes within less than 7 months and defined by
Clinical Stage: T1c or T2a
Sampled biopsy with less of 3 positive cores and tumor length < 3 mm per core (<7 mm for targeted cores)
Gleason score < 7 (3+4 for patients >70years if small volume tumor)
PSA levels 10 ng/ml or PSA density <0.2ng/ml/ml
Clinical laboratory values at screening
Hemoglobin 9.0 g/dL, independent of transfusion and/or growth factors within 3 months prior to randomization
Platelet count 100,000 x 109/L independent of transfusion and/or growth factors within 3 months prior to randomization
Serum albumin 3.0 g/dL
Serum creatinine <2.0 upper limit of normal (ULN)
Serum potassium 3.5 mmol/L
Serum total bilirubin 1.5 ULN (Note: In subjects with Gilbert's syndrome, if total bilirubin is >1.5 ULN, measure direct and indirect bilirubin and if direct bilirubin is 1.5 ULN, subject may be eligible)
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) or alanine aminotransferase (ALT) <2.5 ULN
Medications known to lower the seizure threshold (see list in appendix 2) must be discontinued or substituted at least 4 weeks prior to study entry
Agrees to use a condom (even men with vasectomies) and another effective method of birth control if he is having sex with a woman of childbearing potential or agrees to use a condom if he is having sex with a woman who is pregnant while on study drug and for 3 months following the last dose of study drug. Must also agree not to donate sperm during the study and for 3 months after receiving the last dose of study drug
Having accepted the principle of active surveillance
Who is willing to participate to the study for a minimum period of 36 months
Able to swallow the study drug and comply with study requirements
Patient affiliated to the national "Social Security" regimen or beneficiary of this regimen

Exclusion Criteria

Prior treatment for prostate cancer with surgery or radiotherapy or including 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (finasteride or dutasteride) and antiandrogen
Absolute neutrophil count < 1,500/L
Seizure or known condition that may pre-dispose to seizure (including but not limited to prior stroke, transient ischemic attack, loss of consciousness within 1 year prior to randomization, brain arteriovenous malformation; or intracranial masses such as schwannomas and meningiomas that are causing edema or mass effect)
Any prior malignancy (other than adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, superficial bladder cancer, or any other cancer in situ currently in complete remission) within 5 years prior to randomization
Severe/unstable angina, myocardial infarction, symptomatic congestive heart failure, arterial or venous thromboembolic events (e.g., pulmonary embolism, cerebrovascular accident including transient ischemic attacks), or clinically significant ventricular arrhythmias within 6 months prior to randomization
Uncontrolled hypertension (SBP160 mmHg or DBP90 mmHg). Patients with a history of uncontrolled hypertension are allowed provided blood pressure is controlled by anti-hypertensive treatment
Gastrointestinal disorder affecting absorption
Active infection (eg, human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] or viral hepatitis) or other medical condition that would make prednisone/prednisolone (corticosteroid) use contraindicated
Any other condition that, in the opinion of the Investigator, would impair the patient's ability to comply with study procedures
Mental deficiency or any other reason that may hinder the understanding or the strict application of the Protocol
Patient placed under judicial protection, tutorship, or curatorship
Patient unlikely to attend control visits
Patient currently enrolled in an investigational study or having participated to another investigational study within the past 3 months
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