Olaparib in Men With High-Risk Biochemically-Recurrent Prostate Cancer Following Radical Prostatectomy, With Integrated Biomarker Analysis

  • End date
    Feb 1, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Updated on 23 March 2022
ct scan
platelet count
absolute neutrophil count
metastatic disease
local therapy
prostate adenocarcinoma


Olaparib has demonstrated preliminary efficacy in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. In a trial of 49 evaluable patients treated with olaparib, 11 / 49 experienced a PSA response, and every patient with a radiographic response also had a PSA5 response.

Ten of 11 responders had mutations in DNA repair genes. While PARP inhibition is showing promise in these initial studies, reserving its use for end-stage patients may not be the optimal timing for olaparib therapy in some patients. In addition, PARP enzymes function in roles beyond DNA repair, and specifically for prostate cancer are involved transcriptional regulation of the androgen receptor. PARP inhibition has not been tested in earlier disease states for prostate cancer.


The proposed study is an open-label single-arm phase II trial.

Eligible patients are those with non-metastatic biochemically-recurrent prostate cancer and a PSADT of ≤6 months and a minimum PSA of 1.0.

After enrollment, patients will be treated with olaparib at the established dose of 300mg tablets by mouth twice daily. Patients will be followed monthly with clinic visits, safety labs (including CBC w/diff, Comp), PSA, and toxicity assessments. Treatment [with a minimum drug exposure of 12 weeks] will be continued until PSA doubling from study entry (confirmed with another measurement at least 4 weeks later), development of radiographic metastatic disease, or toxicity requiring drug cessation. CT scans and NM bone scans will be performed every 6 months for patients remaining on olaparib treatment.

This study will enroll up to 50 subjects. The study design will employ a stepwise adaptive statistical plan, derived in part from Biankin et al, Nature 2015 Oct 15;526(7573):361-70. The design is adapted from a multi-stage design, with interim stopping rules to determine futility or need for enrichment of the study population.

The study will initiate with a two-stage design in an unselected population. The assumptions for the trial of the unselected population are: null hypothesis of 0.1 PSA response rate and alternative hypothesis of 0.3 for the unselected population. The first stage is 20 subjects. If ≤2 subjects responds in the first stage, then unselected population study is halted for futility and an assessment of DNA mutations present in the initial cohort will be undertaken. If less than 3 subjects with a known/suspected deleterious mutation in the following genes (ATM, BARD1, BRCA1, BRCA2, BRIP1, CDK12, CHEK1, CHEK2, FANCL, PALB2, PPP2R2A, RAD51B, RAD51C, RAD51D, or other DNA repair genes) have been accrued in the first stage, then the trial will proceed with enrichment. If 3 or more subjects with known/suspected deleterious mutation in the genes of interest have been accrued, then the trial will proceed with enrichment, as long as the response rate in that subset of subjects is ≥20%. In the case that 3 or more subjects have been accrued, yet the response rate in that subset is <20%, then the trial is halted for futility.

However, if ≥3 subjects among the first 20 respond, then additional 10 unselected subjects are accrued. If ≥6 subjects respond out of 30 in the unselected population after the second stage, then the null hypothesis is rejected in the unselected population and broad efficacy will be concluded.

The trial proceeds to complete accrual of 50 subjects in order to better estimate PSA response rate and strengthen data for correlative studies. If <6 respond, then the null hypothesis is not rejected. Again, if less than 3 subjects with a known/suspected deleterious mutation in the following genes (ATM, BARD1, BRCA1, BRCA2, BRIP1, CDK12, CHEK1, CHEK2, FANCL, PALB2, PPP2R2A, RAD51B, RAD51C, RAD51D, or other DNA repair genes) have been accrued in the first and second stage combined, then the trial will proceed with enrichment. If 3 or more subjects with those mutations have been accrued, then enrichment will again proceed as long as the response rate in that subject of subjects is ≥20%.

Condition Prostate
Treatment olaparib
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03047135
SponsorSidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Last Modified on23 March 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Histologic diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the prostate
Prior local therapy with prostatectomy required, with available tissue from prostatectomy specimen to send for genomic and transcriptomic testing
Prior salvage or adjuvant radiation therapy is allowed but not mandated. Radiation therapy must have been completed for at least 6 months
Absolute PSA ≥1 ng/ml. Prior undetectable PSA post-prostatectomy is not required
PSADT ≤6 months, based upon ≥3 consecutive measurements collected in the past 12 months, at least 4 weeks apart
No radiographic evidence of metastatic disease by CT scan and bone scan, performed within the prior 4 weeks
Serum testosterone ≥ 150 ng/dl
Participants must have normal organ and bone marrow function measured within 28 days prior to administration of study treatment as defined below
Hemoglobin ≥ 10.0 g/dL with no blood transfusion in the past 28 days
Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1.5 x 109/L
Platelet count ≥ 75 x 109/L
Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x institutional upper limit of normal (ULN)
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (Serum Glutamic Oxaloacetic Transaminase (SGOT)) / Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (Serum Glutamic Pyruvate Transaminase (SGPT)) <2.5 x institutional upper limit of normal. Note: Patients with elevations in bilirubin, AST, or ALT should be thoroughly evaluated for the etiology of this abnormality prior to entry and patients with evidence of viral infection should be excluded
Patients must have creatinine clearance estimated using the Cockcroft
Gault equation of ≥51 mL/min
Estimated creatinine clearance = (140-age [years]) x weight (kg) serum creatinine
(mg/dL) x 72
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-1
Male participants and their partners, who are sexually active and of childbearing
potential, must agree to the use of two highly effective forms of contraception in
combination [see appendix F for acceptable methods], throughout the period of taking
study treatment and for 3 months after last dose of study drug to prevent pregnancy in
a partner
For enrichment stage of trial only (if necessary): Confirmation of a suspected/known
deleterious mutation in a gene of interest (ATM, BARD1, BRCA1, BRCA2, BRIP1, CDK12
CHEK1, CHEK2, FANCL, PALB2, PPP2R2A, RAD51B, RAD51C, RAD51D, or other DNA repair
genes) via CLIA certified testing

Exclusion Criteria

Prior ADT in the past 6 months. Prior ADT in context of neoadjuvant/adjuvant primary
prior ADT for biochemical recurrence is allowed, as long as no ADT has been
Prior treatment with intravenous chemotherapy
administered in past 6 months and testosterone has recovered (>150 ng/dl). The total
Involvement in the planning and/or conduct of the study
duration of prior ADT should not exceed 24 months
Prior oral anti-androgen (e.g. bicalutamide, nilutamide, enzalutamide, apalutamide)
Any previous treatment with PARP inhibitor, including olaparib
or androgen synthesis inhibitor (e.g. abiraterone, orteronel) in the past 6 months
-alpha reductase inhibitor therapy (e.g. finasteride, dutasteride) is allowed, as
long as subject has been stable on medication for past 6 months
Participation in another clinical study with an investigational product during the
last 1 month
Resting ECG with QTc > 470 msec on 2 or more time points within a 24 hour period or
Known hypersensitivity to olaparib or any of the excipients of the product
family history of long QT syndrome
Concomitant use of known strong CYP3A inhibitors (eg. itraconazole, telithromycin
clarithromycin, protease inhibitors boosted with ritonavir or cobicistat, indinavir
saquinavir, nelfinavir, boceprevir, telaprevir) or moderate CYP3A inhibitors (eg
ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, diltiazem, fluconazole, verapamil). The required washout
period prior to starting olaparib is 2 weeks
Concomitant use of known strong CYP3A inducers (eg. phenobarbital, enzalutamide
phenytoin, rifampicin, rifabutin, rifapentine, carbamazepine, nevirapine and St John's
Wort ) or moderate CYP3A inducers (eg. bosentan, efavirenz, modafinil). The required
washout period prior to starting olaparib is 5 weeks for phenobarbital and 3 weeks for
other agents
Myelodysplastic syndrome/acute myeloid leukaemia or with features suggestive of
Major surgery within 2 weeks of starting study treatment and patients must have
recovered from any effects of any major surgery
Poor medical risk due to a serious, uncontrolled medical disorder, non- malignant
systemic disease or active, uncontrolled infection. Examples include, but are not
limited to, uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmia, recent (within 3 months) myocardial
infarction, uncontrolled major seizure disorder, extensive interstitial bilateral lung
disease on High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) scan or any psychiatric disorder
that prohibits obtaining informed consent
Unable to swallow orally administered medication and patients with gastrointestinal
disorders likely to interfere with absorption of the study medication
Immunocompromised patients, e.g., patients who are known to be serologically positive
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Known active hepatitis (i.e. Hepatitis B or C) due to risk of transmitting the
infection through blood or other body fluids
Whole blood transfusions in the last 120 days prior to entry to the study (packed red
blood cells and platelet transfusions are acceptable, for timing refer to inclusion
criteria no.10)
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