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A Phase III Protocol of Androgen Suppression (AS) and 3DCTR/IMRT Vs AS and 3DCTR/IMRT Followed by Chemotherapy With Docetaxel and Prednisone for Localized, High-Risk, Prostate Cancer

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Trial Conditions
  • Prostate Cancer
What is the purpose of this trial?

RATIONALE: Androgens can cause the growth of prostate cancer cells. Hormone therapy using drugs, such as leuprolide, goserelin, flutamide, or bicalutamide, may fight prostate cancer by lowering the amount of androgens the body makes. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as docetaxel and prednisone, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It is not yet known whether giving hormone therapy and radiation therapy together with chemotherapy is more effective than giving hormone therapy together with radiation therapy in treating prostate cancer. PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying hormone therapy and radiation therapy followed by docetaxel and prednisone to see how well it works compared to hormone therapy and radiation therapy in treating patients with localized prostate cancer.

Date & Status

Active, not recruiting

Who can Participate?


18 and older




- Histologically confirmed prostate cancer at high-risk for recurrence within the past
180 days as determined by 1 of the following combinations (risk groups):

- Gleason score ≥ 9, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) ≤ 150 ng/mL, and any T stage

- Gleason score 8, PSA < 20 ng/mL, and stage ≥ T2

- Gleason score 8, PSA 20-150 ng/mL, and any T stage

- Gleason score 7, PSA 20-150 ng/mL, and any T stage

- Clinically negative lymph nodes by imaging (pelvic CT scan or pelvic MRI), nodal
sampling, or dissection within 90 days prior to study entry

- Equivocal or questionable lymph nodes ≤ 1.5 cm by imaging allowed

- Positive lymph nodes by capromab pendetide (ProstaScint^®) scan with a
corresponding lymph node ≤ 1.5 cm by CT scan or MRI allowed

- PSA ≤ 150 ng/mL

- Cannot have been obtained during any of the following time points:

- 10-day period after prostate biopsy

- After initiation of hormonal therapy

- Within 30 days after discontinuation of finasteride

- Within 90 days after discontinuation of dutasteride

- No distant metastases by physical exam and bone scan

- Equivocal bone scan findings allowed if plain films are negative


- Zubrod performance status 0-1

- Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3

- Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,800/mm^3

- Hemoglobin ≥ 8 g/dL (transfusion or other intervention allowed)

- ALT and AST ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

- Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5 times ULN

- Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times ULN

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for at least 3 months
after completion of study treatment

- No prior invasive malignancy, except nonmelanomatous skin cancer or other malignancy,
unless disease-free for ≥ 3 years (e.g., carcinoma in situ of the oral cavity or
bladder are allowed)

- No unstable angina and/or congestive heart failure requiring hospitalization within
the past 6 months

- No transmural myocardial infarction within the past 6 months

- No acute bacterial or fungal infection requiring intravenous antibiotics


- No prior allergic reaction to any study drugs or other drugs formulated with
polysorbate 80

- No existing peripheral neuropathy ≥ grade 2


- At least 60 days since prior 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (e.g., finasteride) for
prostatic hypertrophy

- At least 90 days since prior testosterone

- Prior pharmacologic androgen ablation for prostate cancer allowed provided androgen
ablation was initiated no more than 50 days prior to study entry

- No prior radical prostatectomy, cryosurgery for prostate cancer, or bilateral

- No prior systemic chemotherapy for prostate cancer

- Prior chemotherapy for a different cancer is allowed

- No prior radiotherapy, including brachytherapy, to the region of prostate cancer that
would result in overlap of radiotherapy fields

- Intensity modulated radiotherapy allowed

Gender: Male
Steward Physician(s)
  • Howard M. Sandler, MD
  • Seth Rosenthal, MD
  • Kenneth J. Pienta, MD, FACP
  • Leonard G. Gomella, MD
  • Saint Anne's Hospital - Active, not recruiting
Trial Interventions
  • bicalutamide
  • buserelin
  • docetaxel
  • flutamide
  • goserelin acetate
  • leuprolide acetate
  • prednisone
  • triptorelin
  • radiation therapy
Physician Researcher

Investigator Name:

  • Howard M. Sandler, MD
  • Seth Rosenthal, MD
  • Kenneth J. Pienta, MD, FACP
  • Leonard G. Gomella, MD

Other Information

Sponsor: Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
Phase: Phase 3
Trial ID: NCT00288080
Volunteers:  Not Accepting Healthy Volunteers

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