Dose escalation study of intravenous estramustine phosphate in combination with paclitaxel and carboplatin in patients with advanced prostate cancer Journal Article


Authors: Kelly, W. K.; Zhu, A. X.; Scher, H.; Curley, T.; Fallon, M.; Slovin, S.; Schwartz, L.; Larson, S.; Tong, W.; Hartley-Asp, B.; Pellizzoni, C.; Rocchetti, M.
Article Title: Dose escalation study of intravenous estramustine phosphate in combination with paclitaxel and carboplatin in patients with advanced prostate cancer
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose is to determine a safe weekly dose of i.v. estramustine phosphate (EMP) to combine with weekly paclitaxel and monthly carboplatin in patients with advanced prostate cancer. Experimental Design: Patients with advanced prostate cancer (castrate and noncastrate) were administered escalating doses of weekly 1-h infusion of i.v. EMP (500-1000-1500 mg/m2) in combination with weekly paclitaxel (100 mg/m2 over I h) and i.v. carboplatin (area under the curve 6 mg/ml-min every 4 weeks). Four weeks of therapy were considered one cycle. In the first three cohorts, EMP was given i.v. 3 h before paclitaxel. Cohorts 4 and 5 reversed the, administration order: EMP (doses 1000-1500 mg/m2) was given immediately after the end of paclitaxel infusion. Plasma levels of EMP and its metabolites, estramustine and estromustine, were monitored at time 0, at 120 min, and approximately at 20, 21, and 168 h from the start of EMP infusion. Paclitaxel concentrations were determined at basal (0), 30, 60, 90, and 120 min and 18 h after the start of paclitaxel infusion, and a concentration-time curve was estimated. Pharmacokinetic evaluation was performed in cycles 1 and 2 during the first week of therapy. Results: Nineteen patients were entered on the initial three dose levels (cohorts 1-3). Dose-limiting transient hepatic toxicity was encountered in cohort 3 (EMP = 1500 mg/m2). An additional 13 patients were treated with paclitaxel (100 mg/m2) first, followed by i.v. EMP at 1000 mg/m2 (cohort 4), and 1500 mg/m2 (cohort 5). No dose-limiting toxicities were seen, and cohort 5 was determined safe for Phase II studies. Thromboembolic events were observed in 9% of patients (no prophylactic coumadin was used). Plasma concentrations of EMP and metabolites increased proportionally with dose. In all cohorts, there was a slight decrease in EMP and estramustine plasma concentrations between cycles 1 and 2. Although not significant, higher levels of estromustine at cycle 2 were observed in comparison to cycle 1. Decreased clearance of paclitaxel leading to higher than expected paclitaxel plasma concentrations was observed during the first cycle of therapy. Paclitaxel plasma concentrations were lower during cycle 2. In 17 patients with androgen-independent disease, 59% had ≥50% posttherapy decline in PSA and 22% showed measurable disease regression. Conclusions: The regimen of weekly i.v. EMP in combination with paclitaxel and carboplatin can be safely administered with hepatic toxicity being transient and reversible. Pharmacokinetic results suggest that EMP competitively inhibits the biotransformation of paclitaxel after the first administration. This effect is counterbalanced, after repeated administrations, by a possible induction of the metabolic system caused by EMP. Phase II testing is ongoing to evaluate the efficacy of this combination.
Keywords: adult; cancer survival; clinical article; treatment outcome; aged; middle aged; neutropenia; cancer recurrence; advanced cancer; area under the curve; cancer combination chemotherapy; dose response; drug efficacy; drug safety; paclitaxel; neurotoxicity; prostate specific antigen; carboplatin; liver toxicity; thrombocytopenia; antineoplastic combined chemotherapy protocols; dexamethasone; drug hypersensitivity; prostate cancer; prostatic neoplasms; gastrointestinal toxicity; cancer regression; thromboembolism; antigen detection; drug infusion; drug clearance; drug metabolism; drug blood level; drug metabolite; time series analysis; diphenhydramine; biotransformation; cimetidine; dose time effect relation; ranitidine; estramustine; cytochrome p-450 enzyme system; humans; human; male; priority journal; article
Journal Title: Clinical Cancer Research
Volume: 9
Issue: 6
ISSN: 1078-0432
Publisher: American Association for Cancer Research  
Date Published: 2003-06-01
Start Page: 2098
End Page: 2107
Language: English
PUBMED: 12796374
PROVIDER: scopus
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