177Lu-PSMA-617 Improves Progression-Free Survival and Patient-Reported Outcomes Compared With Cabazitaxel for Men With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

By Hiten D. Patel, MD, MPH - December 14, 2021

The Phase 2 TheraP (ANZUP 1603) clinical trial demonstrated that a targeted radioligand therapy, lutetium-177 [177Lu]-PSMA-617, was able to generate more prostate-specific antigen (PSA) responses of at least 50% reduction compared with the third-generation taxane cabazitaxel in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) pretreated with docetaxel and a second-generation antiandrogen (enzalutamide or abiraterone) intravenous. 177Lu-PSMA-617 is a radiolabeled small molecule that binds with high affinity to the enzymatic site of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), enabling highly targeted delivery of b-radiation to prostate cancer cells and disrupting the cells’ ability to replicate and/or triggering cell death.

In an updated analysis presented during the 2021 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, Dr. Michael S Hofman (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia) and colleagues reported that the patients receiving 177Lu- PSMA-617 had improved progression-free survival (PFS), fewer grade 3-4 adverse events, and some improvements in patient-reported outcomes (PROs) compared to cabazitaxel.

TheraP demonstrated a 1-year PFS rate of 19% for 177Lu-PSMA-617 compared to 3% for cabazitaxel (hazard ratio, 0.63; 95% confidence interval, 0.46-0.86; P=0.003). While many patients progressed, the results are a step forward for patients with mCRPC who have previously failed multiple other therapies. The lower rate of grade 3-4 adverse events (33% vs. 53%) and improvements in PROs related to fatigue, social functioning, insomnia, and diarrhea suggest that patients may better tolerate 177Lu-PSMA-617 treatment. The findings support the evaluation of 177Lu-PSMA-617 in larger, phase 3 trials and potential combination therapies.

Hiten D. Patel, MD, MPH, completed residency training in urologic surgery at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute and is currently a Clinical Instructor and Fellow in Urologic Oncology at Loyola University Medical Center. He has published studies related to epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, evidence-based reviews, and clinical trials in urologic oncology and related fields.


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