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RATIONALE: Giving dexamethasone together with aspirin and diethylstilbestrol may be effective in lowering prostate-specific antigen levels and may slow or stop the growth of prostate cancer. It is not yet known which schedule of dexamethasone, aspirin, and diethylstilbestrol is more effective in treating prostate cancer.
PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying dexamethasone and aspirin when given together with two different schedules of diethylstilbestrol to compare how well they work in treating patients with locally advanced or metastatic prostate cancer.
- Compare the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) response in patients with locally advanced or metastatic prostate cancer treated with dexamethasone and aspirin with delayed vs immediate diethylstilbestrol.
- Compare the overall response rate in patients treated with these regimens.
- Compare the quality of life of patients treated with these regimens.
- Compare the progression-free and overall survival of patients treated with these regimens.
OUTLINE: This is a randomized, controlled, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to ECOG performance status (0 vs 1-3), prostate-specific antigen (PSA) response to prior therapy (PSA normalization vs inability to normalize), and bone scan (positive vs negative for bony metastases). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.
- Arm I (deferred diethylstilbestrol): Patients receive oral dexamethasone and oral acetylsalicyclic acid once daily (DA). Subsequent to treatment failure with DA, patients continue to receive DA as before in addition to oral diethylstilbestrol once daily (DAS). Treatment with DAS continues in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
- Arm II (immediate diethylstilbestrol): Patients receive oral dexamethasone, oral acetylsalicyclic acid, and oral diethylstilbestrol once daily (DAS). Treatment continues in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Quality of life is evaluated monthly during study treatment.
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year and then every 6 months thereafter.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 260 patients will be accrued for this study.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Primary Purpose: Treatment
acetylsalicylic acid, dexamethasone, diethylstilbestrol
Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:45:08-0400
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