Background: Docetaxel/estramustine was a commonly used regimen to treat metastatic hormone-refractory prostate cancer. Imatinib inhibits the platelet-derived growth factor receptor that is expressed in prostate cancer and is synergistic with taxanes in preclinical prostate cancer models. Patients and Methods: A phase I trial of docetaxel/estramustine/imatinib was undertaken to determine the safety and maximum tolerated dose of this combination. Patients with progressive, metastatic, hormone-refractory prostate cancer were treated every 21 days with fixed doses of estramustine (280 mg orally 3 times a day on days 1-5), imatinib (400 mg orally daily on days 1-21), dexamethasone (8 mg orally twice daily on days 1-3), and prophylactic warfarin (2 mg orally daily on days 1-21). Cohorts of 3-6 patients were enrolled to receive escalating doses of docetaxel on day 2 from 50 mg/m2 to 60 mg/m2 to 70 mg/m2. Thirteen patients were treated. Results: On dose level 3 (docetaxel 70 mg/m2 and imatinib 400 mg daily), 2 patients experienced grade 3 elevations in prothrombin time, attributed to the interaction between imatinib and warfarin. The protocol was amended to include an intermediate dose level (docetaxel 60 mg/m2 and imatinib 300 mg daily). However, in the overall study, there were 5 unacceptable toxicities (2 cerebrovascular accidents, 1 myocardial infarction, 1 mesenteric ischemia, and 1 deep venous thrombosis) in 13 patients; 2 of those toxicities resulted in death. The study was closed early to further accrual. Conclusion: The high incidence of thromboembolic events observed when imatinib was combined with docetaxel/estramustine precludes further exploration of this regimen.
- Dose-limiting toxicities
- Platelet-derived growth factor receptor
- Prostate-specific antigen