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A phase II trial of the Src-kinase inhibitor AZD0530 in patients with advanced castration-resistant prostate cancer: a California Cancer Consortium study


Prostate cancer cells undergo neuroendocrine differentiation during androgen deprivation and secrete neuropeptides, hence activating androgen receptor-regulated genes. Src-family protein kinases are involved in neuropeptide-induced prostate cancer growth and migration. A phase II trial of AZD0530, an oral Src-family kinase inhibitor, in patients with advanced castration resistant prostate cancer was conducted. The primary endpoint was prostate cancer-specific antigen (PSA) response rate, defined as a 30% or greater decrease. A two-stage Simon design was used. Eligibility criteria included documentation of castration resistance (including antiandrogen withdrawal), adequate end-organ function, and performance status, and not more than one prior taxane-based chemotherapy regimen. AZD0530 was given at 175 mg orally once daily continuously. Rapid accrual led to 28 patients registering in the first stage. Median age was 67 years. Sixteen patients had performance status (PS) 0, eight patients had PS 1, and four patients had PS 2. Nine patients (32%) had prior docetaxel-based chemotherapy. Five patients had transient PSA reductions not meeting PSA response criteria. Median progression-free survival time was 8 weeks. Treatment was generally well tolerated. AZD0530, a potent oral Src kinase inhibitor, is feasible and tolerable in this pretreated patient population but possessed little clinical efficacy as monotherapy. Strong preclinical evidence warrants further investigation of AZD0530 in earlier-stage prostate cancer or as combination therapy.

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