Objective: Prostate cancer is a disease of older men. Weekly docetaxel (DPq1w) is often favored over the standard three-weekly regimen (DPq3w) due to concerns about safety and tolerability in this population. Materials and Methods: Two subgroup analyses of TAX 327 were conducted. Among patients receiving DPq3w, tolerability and efficacy were compared between three age groups: < 65, 65-74 and ≥ 75. years. For men ≥ 75. years, these outcomes were compared between DPq3w, DPq1w, and mitoxantrone (MP) arms. Tolerability outcomes included dose delivery, grade 3/4 adverse events and quality of life. Efficacy outcomes included overall survival and tumor response. Results: Of 1006 men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) in the trial, 335 received DPq3w. Among these, 20% were age ≥ 75. years. For DPq3w, there were non-significant associations of worse tolerability and efficacy with advancing age. Twenty-eight percent of men age ≥ 75. years had an objective pain response, compared to 38% and 34% of patients 65-74 and < 65. years, respectively. There were no significant differences in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) response (43-48%, p = 0.74) or measurable tumor response (7-17%, p = 0.30) according to age. Among men ≥ 75. years, DPq3w resulted in more dose reductions than DPq1w (22% versus 8%, p = 0.007), but tolerability was otherwise comparable. Both were associated with more favorable efficacy than mitoxantrone. Conclusions: Tolerability and efficacy of DPq3w appear less favorable with advancing age. Compared to DPq1w, DPq3w is associated with better survival outcomes, but similar tolerability, and remains the standard first-line chemotherapy option in mCRPC. Toxicity is substantial, therefore careful patient selection, close monitoring and early management of toxicities is advised.

Docetaxel, Elderly, Prostate cancer
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2013.12.001, hdl.handle.net/1765/63988
Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Department of Medical Oncology

Horgan, J.H, Seruga, B, Pond, G.R, Alibhai, S.M, Amir, E, de Wit, R, … Tannock, I.F. (2014). Tolerability and efficacy of docetaxel in older men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) in the TAX 327 trial. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 5(2), 119–126. doi:10.1016/j.jgo.2013.12.001