Androgen Receptor Antagonist ARN-509 With or Without Abiraterone Acetate Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Analog and Prednisone in Treating Patients With High-Risk Prostate Cancer Undergoing Surgery

  • End date
    Dec 12, 2021
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Updated on 12 April 2021


This randomized phase II trial studies how well androgen receptor antagonist ARN-509 works with or without abiraterone acetate, gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist, and prednisone in treating patients with high-risk prostate cancer undergoing surgery. Androgen can cause the growth of prostate cancer cells. Hormone therapy using androgen receptor antagonist ARN-509, abiraterone acetate, and gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog (GnRH agonist) may fight prostate cancer by lowering the levels of androgen the body makes. Prednisone may either kill the tumor cells or stop them from dividing. Giving androgen receptor agonist ARN-509 with or without abiraterone acetate, GnRH agonist and prednisone may work better in treating patients with prostate cancer.



I. To evaluate the effect of neoadjuvant androgen receptor antagonist ARN-509 (apalutamide) with or without abiraterone acetate, GnRH agonist, and prednisone on the feasibility of performing nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy (RP) in men with high-risk prostate cancer (PCa).

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 3 treatment arms.

ARM I: Patients receive androgen receptor antagonist ARN-509 orally (PO) daily for 3 months. Patients then undergo radical prostatectomy.

ARM II: Patients receive GnRH agonist subcutaneously (SC) on day 1, androgen receptor antagonist ARN-509 PO daily PO for 4 times, abiraterone acetate PO daily for 4 times, and prednisone PO daily for 3 months. Patients then undergo radical prostatectomy.

ARM III: Patients undergo radical prostatectomy.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up for 2 years.

Condition Stage II Prostate Adenocarcinoma, Stage III Prostate Adenocarcinoma
Treatment questionnaire administration, quality-of-life assessment, prednisone, abiraterone acetate, Androgen Receptor Antagonist ARN-509, Radical Prostatectomy, Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone Analog
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02949284
SponsorRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Last Modified on12 April 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Histologically proven adenocarcinoma of the prostate and: Gleason > 8 OR prostatic specific antigen (PSA) > 20 and more than 1 positive core
Patients with Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance scale (ECOG PS) 0 or 1
Clinical stage T3 or less as demonstrated by abdominal/pelvic computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be selected as the prostate is resectable
Hemoglobin >= 9.0 g/dL, independent of transfusion and/or growth factors within 3 months prior to randomization
Platelet count >= 100,000 x 10^9/uL independent of transfusion and/or growth factors within 3 months prior to randomization
Serum albumin >= 3.0 g/dL
Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) >= 45 mL/min
Serum potassium >= 3.5 mmol/L
Serum total bilirubin =< 1.5 upper limit of normal (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 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

Exclusion Criteria

Clinical stage T4 (invasion into rectum or ureters) significantly increases the morbidity of the surgery
Patients with rectal or ureteral invasion will be considered to have unresectable disease
History of any of the following
Seizure or known condition that may pre-dispose to seizure (e.g. prior stroke within 1year to randomization, brain arteriovenous malformation, Schwannoma, meningioma, or other benign central nervous system [CNS] or meningeal disease which may require treatment with surgery or radiation therapy)
Severe or unstable angina, myocardial infarction, symptomatic congestive heart failure, arterial within 6 months prior to randomization
Venous thromboembolic events (e.g., pulmonary embolism, cerebrovascular accident including transient ischemic attacks) within 6 months prior to randomization
Clinically significant ventricular arrhythmias within 6 months prior to randomization
Metastatic prostate cancer
Baseline moderate or severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class B or C)
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