TrialWatch: ARCHES Trial Improves Metastatic Prostate Cancer Survival Rate

Mar 1, 2019 | Cancer Clinical Trials, Oncology, Positive Results, Prostate Cancer

What is the ARCHES Trial?

Sponsored by Astellas Pharma and Medivation (Pfizer), it is a study is to evaluate the efficacy of enzalutamide plus androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) as measured by radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) based on central review. The study will also evaluate the safety of enzalutamide plus ADT in mHSPC. It was to involve 1150 participants with a completion date of 2023.

What is mHSPC?

Affecting approximately 38,000 men annually in the United States, metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) is a deadly form of cancer. Hormone, or castration, sensitivity refers to the fact that the disease still responds to medical or surgical treatment to lower testosterone levels.

What are the Results?

The combination of enzalutamide (Xtandi, Astellas Pharma and Pfizer), an androgen receptor inhibitor, and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has found to improve radiographic progression-free survival in men with mHSPC.
Executed worldwide at sites in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and the Asia-Pacific region, the ARCHES trial represented a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, and international study that enrolled 1150 mHSPC patients. The patients were randomized to either receive a daily dose of 160-mg enzalutamide or placebo, and continued on a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist or antagonist or had a history of bilateral orchiectomy, according to the press release.
The trial included both low and high-volume disease and both newly diagnosed patients with mHSPC and patients who had prior definitive therapy and subsequently developed metastatic disease. The trial also included some patients who had received recent treatment with docetaxel for mHSPC, but whose disease had not progressed.
The trial demonstrated a 61% increase in radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) through the combination of enzalutamide and standard hormonal therapy versus ADT alone; it also delayed disease progression. There were significant improvements in rPFS for all pre-specified subgroups, including disease volume, pattern of disease localization at baseline, geographic region, and prior docetaxel use. Adverse events (AEs) in the ARCHES clinical trial were generally consistent with those reported in enzalutamide clinical trials in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).
“The ARCHES trial demonstrated that enzalutamide plus standard hormonal therapy delayed disease progression, and if approved, has the potential to be an important treatment option for men with prostate cancer that has spread but has not yet become hormone resistant,” said Andrew Armstrong, MD, professor of Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, and director of Research in the Duke Cancer Institute’s Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, in a prepared statement.


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