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Effect of apalutamide on health-related quality of life in patients with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer: an analysis of the SPARTAN randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial

  • Fred Saad 1,
  • David Cella 2,
  • Ethan Basch 3,
  • Boris A Hadaschik 4,
  • Paul N Mainwaring 5,
  • Stéphane Oudard 6,
  • Julie N Graff 7,
  • Kelly McQuarrie 8,
  • Susan Li 9,
  • Stacie Hudgens 10,
  • Joe Lawson 11,
  • Angela Lopez-Gitlitz 12,
  • Margaret K Yu 12,
  • Matthew R Smith 13,
  • Eric J Small 14
1 Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada. 2 Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA 3 Cancer Outcomes Research Program, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, NC, USA 4 University of Duisburg-Essen, German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), partner site University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany 5 Center for Personalized Nanomedicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia 6 Georges Pompidou Hospital, Paris, France 7 VA Portland Health Care System, Portland and Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA 8 Janssen Research & Development, Horsham, PA, USA 9 Janssen Research & Development, Spring House, PA, USA 10 Clinical Outcomes Solutions, Tucson, AZ, USA 11 Janssen Research & Development, Raritan, NJ, USA 12 Janssen Research & Development, Los Angeles, CA, USA 13 Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA 14 Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

Publication: Lancet Oncol., Volume 19, Issue 10, September 2018, Pages 1404-1416

DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30456-X


In the SPARTAN trial, addition of apalutamide to androgen deprivation therapy, as compared with placebo plus androgen deprivation therapy, significantly improved metastasis-free survival in men with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer
who were at high risk for development of metastases. We aimed to investigate the effects of apalutamide versus placebo added to androgen deprivation therapy on health-related quality of life (HRQOL).


SPARTAN is a multicentre, international, randomised, phase 3 trial. Participants were aged 18 years or older, with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, a prostate-specific antigen doubling time of 10 months or less, and a prostate-specific
antigen concentration of 2 ng/mL or more in serum. Patients were randomly assigned (2:1) to 240 mg oral apalutamide per day plus androgen deprivation therapy, or matched oral placebo plus androgen deprivation therapy, using an interactive voice randomisation
system. Permuted block randomisation was used according to the three baseline stratification factors: prostate-specific antigen doubling time (>6 months vs ≤6 months), use of bone-sparing drugs (yes vs no), and presence of local-regional
nodal disease (N0 vs N1). Each treatment cycle was 28 days. The primary endpoint was metastasis-free survival. The trial was unblinded in July, 2017. In this prespecified exploratory analysis we assessed HRQOL using the Functional Assessment
of Cancer Therapy-Prostate (FACT-P) and EQ-5D-3L questionnaires, which we collected at baseline, day 1 of cycle 1 (before dose), day 1 of treatment cycles 1–6, day 1 of every two cycles from cycles 7 to 13, and day 1 of every four cycles thereafter.
This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01946204.


Between Oct 14, 2013, and Dec 15, 2016, we randomly assigned 1207 patients to receive apalutamide (n=806) or placebo (n=401). The clinical cutoff date, as for the primary analysis, was May 19, 2017. Median follow-up for overall survival was 20·3 months
(IQR 14·8–26·6). FACT-P total and subscale scores were associated with a preservation of HRQOL from baseline to cycle 29 in the apalutamide group; there were similar results for EQ-5D-3L. At baseline, the mean for FACT-P total score in both the apalutamide
and placebo groups were consistent with the FACT-P general population norm for US adult men. Group mean patient-reported outcome scores over time show that HRQOL was maintained from baseline after initiation of apalutamide treatment and was similar
over time among patients receiving apalutamide versus placebo. Least-squares mean change from baseline shows that HRQOL deterioration was more apparent in the placebo group.


In asymptomatic men with high-risk non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, HRQOL was maintained after initiation of apalutamide treatment. Considered with findings from SPARTAN, patients who received apalutamide had longer metastasis-free
survival and longer time to symptomatic progression than did those who received placebo, while preserving HRQOL.


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