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Vaccine Therapy With PROSTVAC/TRICOM and Flutamide Versus Flutamide Alone to Treat Prostate Cancer

Basic Trial Information
Trial Description
     Further Trial Information
     Eligibility Criteria
Trial Contact Information

Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase IIBiomarker/Laboratory analysis, TreatmentClosed18 and overNCI070107
07-C-0107, NCI-07-C-0107, 7354, NCT00450463

Trial Description



  • Flutamide is an approved drug for prostate cancer that blocks the effects of testosterone on prostate cancer cells and may slow the progression of the disease.
  • The vaccine in this study consists of a priming vaccine called PROSTVAC-V/TRICOM, made from vaccinia virus, and a boosting vaccine called PROSTVAC-F/TRICOM, made from fowlpox virus. DNA is inserted into the priming and boosting vaccine viruses to cause production of proteins that enhance immune activity and also to produce prostate specific antigen (PSA) a protein that is normally produced by the patient s tumor cells.
  • GM-CSF, given along with the vaccine, is a chemical that boosts the immune system. It is used in this study to try to increase the usefulness of the vaccine by increasing the number of immune cells at the vaccination site.


-To determine if treatment with a prostate cancer vaccine plus flutamide is more effective than flutamide alone in delaying disease progression in patients with prostate cancer.


  • Patients 18 years of age and older with androgen-insensitive prostate cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate gland.
  • Patients with a rising PSA who have already been treated with anti-iandrogen therapy (either bicalutamide or nilutamide).


  • There are two treatment groups in this study. Group A receives only flutamide; group B receive flutamide plus vaccine.
  • Patients in both groups receive flutamide by mouth three times a day.
  • Patients in group B receive PROSTVAC-V/TRICOM on day 1 and PROSTVAC-F/TRICOM on day 29 and again every 4 weeks. All vaccines are given as injections under the skin.
  • Patients have blood tests for PSA levels every month and scans every 3 months until the disease worsens.
  • After 3 months of therapy, patients receiving in group A (flutamide alone) may cross over to receive vaccine if they develop a rising PSA and scans show no sign of disease spread. Patients in group B (flutamide plus vaccine) stop flutamide and may continue vaccine therapy. At this point patients may continue to receive treatment until the disease progresses or PSA levels rise....

Further Study Information


  • There is no standard of care for prostate cancer patients progressing on hormone therapy with a rising serum PSA level without evidence of metastatic disease.
  • We have completed a phase II trial in which men with this stage of disease were randomized to receive a pox vector PSA vaccine vs. the antiandrogen nilutamide.
  • The median time to treatment failure on nilutamide was 7.6 months.
  • 12 patients on the vaccine arm had nilutamide added at the time of PSA progression.
  • The median time for treatment failure after the addition of nilutamide was 13.9 months, for a total of 25.9 months from initiation of vaccine therapy.
  • This suggests that the combination of hormone therapy with vaccine therapy may lead to an improved clinical benefit compared to hormone therapy alone.
  • Due to the increased toxicity of nilutamide compared to other antiandrogens and the patients prior exposure to bicalutamide therapy, we plan to use flutamide as a second line hormonal manipulation in the below study.


  • To determine if use of a combination of vaccine plus flutamide may be associated with a trend toward improvement in time to treatment failure compared to flutamide alone.
  • To determine preliminary evidence of any patterns of immunologic effects which differ by treatment including the immunologic effects of flutmaide withdrawal on patients continuing on vaccine following a rising PSA on flutamide.


  • Must have non metastatic androgen insensitive prostate cancer with a rising PSA with castrate levels of testosterone and no evidence of metastatic disease on CT scan or bone scan.
  • Hgb greater than or equal to 9 g/dL.
  • Lymphocyte count greater than or equal to 500/mm(3).
  • Hepatic function: Bilirubin less than or equal to 1.5 mg/dL, OR patients with Gilbert's syndrome, a total bilirubin less than or equal to 3.0 mg/dL, AST and ALT less than 2.5 times upper limit of normal


-Flutamide will be administered at a dose of 250 mg PO tid every day in both arms A and B.

rV-PSATRICOM will be administered s.c. on day 1 in Arm B.

rF-PSATRICOM will be administered s.c. on day 29 & every 4 weeks in Arm B.

  • Sargramostim 100 microg s.c. will be given at the vaccine site for 4 consecutive days starting on day 1 of each vaccine only for patients enrolled at the NCI site.
  • For patients with declining PSA no restaging will be done unless they develop symptoms consistent with metastatic disease.
  • For patients with rising PSA, once 2 consecutive PSA rises are seen, a CT will be done at their next scheduled visit. They will then be re-staged (CT and bone scans) at 3 month intervals as long as PSA continues to rise.
  • After 3 months of therapy, patients receiving the flutamide alone (arm A) may cross over to receive vaccine if they develop a rising PSA and scans are without metastatic disease. The vaccine may commence 4 weeks after flutamide is stopped if the PSA continues to rise. If there is an antiandrogen withdrawal response (a decline in PSA 28 days after the discontinuation of flutamide), PSA serum levels will be checked every 28 days and vaccine may commence when the serum PSA levels begin to rise (if scans are negative for metastatsis). Patients on arm B will have flutamide discontinued and may continue vaccine therapy. At this point patients may continue to receive treatment on study until the development of disease on scans or a second occurrence of clinical progression.
  • Patients who have been on study for 2 years or more with stable disease and who are not

getting vaccine, clinic visits may be scheduled every 8 weeks. (Patients receiving monthly

vaccine will continue to have monthly visits.)

-For patients who have stable disease and attend clinic every 8 weeks, once 2 consecutive

PSA rises are seen, a CT and bone scan will be done at their next visit in 4 weeks. They will

then be restaged (CT and bone scans) at 3 month intervals as long as PSA continues to rise.

Eligibility Criteria


A. Histopathological documentation of prostate cancer confirmed in the Laboratory of Pathology at the: NIH Clinical Center prior to starting this study. If no pathologic specimen is available, patients may enroll with a pathologist s report showing a histologic diagnosis of prostate cancer and a clinical course consistent with the disease.

B. Must have non-metastatic androgen insensitive prostate cancer with a rising PSA with castrate levels of testosterone and no evidence of metastatic disease on CT scan or bone scan. A rising PSA is defined as two consecutively rising PSA levels, separated by at least 1 month apart, with the last measurement that is greater than 1ng/ml. Patients on nilutamide therapy must undergo nilutamide withdrawal for at least 4 weeks and still show evidence of a rising PSA. Following treatment with bicalutamide, patients must undergo withdrawal for at least 6 weeks and still show evidence of a rising PSA.

C. Life expectancy greater than or equal to 6 months.

D. ECOG performance status of 0-1.

E. No systemic steroid or steroid eye drop use within 2 weeks prior to initiation of experimental therapy.

F. Hematological eligibility parameters:

  • Granulocyte count greater than or equal to 1,500/mm(3).
  • Platelet count greater than or equal to 100,000/mm(3)
  • Hgb greater than or equal to 9 Gm/dL
  • Lymphocyte count greater than or equal to 500/mm(3).

G. Biochemical eligibility parameters (within 16 days of starting therapy)

-Hepatic function: Bilirubin less than or equal to 1.5 mg/dl, OR patients with Gilbert's syndrome, a total bilirubin less than or equal to 3.0 mg/dL, AST and ALT less than 2.5 times upper limit of normal

H. No other active malignancies within the past 3 years (with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancers or carcinoma in situ of the bladder) or life threatening illnesses.

I. Willing to travel to the NIH for follow-up visits.

J. 18 years of age or greater.

K. Able to understand and sign informed consent.

L. Must agree to use effective birth control (such as a condom) or abstinence during and for a period of 4 months after the last vaccination therapy. Patients must be willing to remain on chemical castration therapy, unless they have had surgical castration.

M. Patients must have recovered from acute toxicities related to prior therapy or surgery.

N. Parameters for assessment of baseline renal function:

Serum creatinine less than or equal to 1.5 times the upper limit of normal OR creatinine clearance on a 24-h urine collection of greater than or equal to 60 mL/min.


A. Patients should have no evidence of being immunocompromised as listed below.

  • Human immunodeficiency virus positivity due to the potential for decreased tolerance and may be at risk for severe side effects.
  • Concurrent use of topical steroids (including steroid eye drops) or systemic steroids. Nasal or inhaled steroid use is permitted.
  • Patients who have undergone allogenic peripheral stem cell transplantation or solid organ transplantation requiring immunosuppression.

B. Patients who test positive for active Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C infection.

C. Patients should have no autoimmune diseases that have required treatment such as, Addison's disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, or systemic lupus erythematous, Sjogren syndrome, scleroderma, myasthenia gravis, Goodpasture syndrome, active Grave's disease.

D. History of allergy or untoward reaction to prior vaccination with vaccinia virus or to any component of the vaccinia vaccine regimen.

E. Do not administer the recombinant vaccinia vaccine if the recipient, or for at least three weeks after vaccination, their close household contacts (close household contacts are those who share housing or have close physical contact) are: persons with active or a history of eczema or other eczematoid skin disorders; those with other acute, chronic or exfoliative skin conditions (e.g., atopic dermatitis, burns, impetigo, varicella zoster, severe acne, or other open rashes or wounds) until condition resolves; pregnant or nursing women; children 3 years of age and under; and immunodeficient or immunosuppressed persons (by disease or therapy), including HIV infection.

F. Serious intercurrent medical illness (e.g., one that requires treatment) which would interfere with the ability of the patient to carry out the treatment program, including, but not limited to, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or active diverticulitis.

G. Patients with cardiac disease that have fatigue, palpitation, dyspnea or angina with ordinary physical activity (New York Heart Association class 2 or greater) are not eligible.

H. Patients with a history of congestive heart failure or who have objective evidence of congestive heart failure by physical exam or imaging are not eligible.

I. Patients with pulmonary disease that have fatigue or dyspnea with ordinary physical activity are not eligible.

J. Concurrent chemotherapy.

K. No known brain metastasis, or with a history of seizures, encephalitis, or multiple sclerosis.

L. Patients with a serious hypersensitivity reaction to egg products are not eligible.

M. Prior splenectomy.

N. Patients who have received prior flutamide therapy in the last year. (Patients treated with flutamide in the neoadjuvant or adjuvant setting or those previously treated with flutamide who did not have a rising PSA on treatment would be allowed to enroll on the protocol.)

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

National Cancer Institute

Ravi MadanPrincipal Investigator

Link to the current record.
NLM Identifer NCT00450463 processed this data on November 12, 2014

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