In patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), bone-seeking radiopharmaceuticals, such as 188Re–hydroxyethylidene diphosphonate (HEDP), are effective for pain palliation and have a marked antitumor effect. Cabazitaxel is the standard second-line chemotherapy for mCRPC patients. We performed a phase 1 study investigating the safety and feasibility of the combined treatment with 188Re-HEDP and cabazitaxel in mCRPC patients.Methods
Patients with mCRPC and documented disease progression on or after docetaxel were eligible for inclusion. In both dose levels, cabazitaxel (4 cycles of cabazitaxel 25 mg/m2 + 2 cycles of cabazitaxel 20 mg/m2 in level 1, and 6 cycles of cabazitaxel 25 mg/m2 in level 2) were combined with 2 cycles of 188Re-HEDP 40 MBq/kg (1.1 mCi/kg) (after the second and fourth cabazitaxel cycles). Three patients were planned for each dose level, expanding to 6 patients in case of a dose-limiting toxicity (DLT). A DLT is defined as any grade 4 toxicity, or grade 3 toxicity delaying the next treatment cycle.Results
Twelve patients were included, of whom 3 had progressive disease before the third cycle of cabazitaxel. In total, 1 DLT occurred (dose level 1) after treatment cycle 6 (188Re-HEDP) (thrombopenia grade 3 delaying the next treatment cycle). The cohort was expanded to 6 patients, with no further DLTs. No DLT occurred in dose level 2. The most important adverse events were of hematologic origin, followed by mild fatigue and diarrhea.Conclusions
Combination therapy with cabazitaxel and 188Re-HEDP is feasible and generally well tolerated with similar hematologic toxicity compared with cabazitaxel monotherapy.