A Pharmacodynamic Pre-surgical Study of Hedgehog Pathway Inhibition With LDE225 in Men With High-risk Localized Prostate Cancer.

Condition: Prostate Cancer

Study Type: Interventional

Clinical Trials Identifier NCT 8-digits: NCT02111187

Sponsor: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

Phase: Phase 1


  • Age: minimum 18 Years maximum 100 Years
  • Gender: Male

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 1. Provide written informed consent prior to any screening procedures. 2. Age 18 years or older. 3. Histologically-documented prostatic adenocarcinoma in ≥2 cores 4. ECOG performance status ≤2 5. Localized prostate cancer with at least one of the following NCCN high-risk features:
  • Gleason sum ≥8
  • PSA >20 ng/mL
  • Clinical stage ≥T3 6. Must be a candidate for radical prostatectomy 7. No evidence of known metastatic disease (M0 or Mx allowed) 8. Adequate bone marrow, liver and renal function as specified below:
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1500/µL
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb) ≥ 9.0 g/dL
  • Platelets ≥100,000/µL
  • Serum total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x ULN (upper limit of normal)
  • AST and ALT ≤ 2.5 x ULN
  • Plasma creatine phosphokinase (CK) < 1.5 x ULN, if known
  • Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 x ULN [or 24-hour creatinine clearance ≥ 50ml/min] 9. Patient is able to swallow and retain oral medications

Exclusion Criteria:

  • 1. Patients who have had major surgery within 4 weeks of enrollment. 2. Patients with concurrent uncontrolled medical conditions that may interfere with their participation in the study. 3. Patients unable to take oral drugs (e.g. lack of physical integrity of the upper GI tract or known malabsorption syndromes). 4. Patients who have previously been treated with LDE225 or other Hh pathway inhibitors 5. Patients who have neuromuscular or muscular disorders (e.g. inflammatory myopathies, muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy) or are on concomitant treatment with drugs that are known to cause rhabdomyolysis (such as statins and fibrates), and that cannot be discontinued at least 2 weeks prior to starting LDE225. If it is essential that the patient stays on a statin for hyperlipidemia, only pravastatin may be used with extra caution. Patients should not plan to embark on a new strenuous exercise regimen after initiation of study treatment. (NB: Muscular activities, such as strenuous exercise, that can result in significant increases in plasma CK levels should be avoided whilst on LDE225 treatment). 6. Patients who have taken part in an experimental drug study within 4 weeks or 5 half-lives (whichever is longer) of initiating treatment with LDE225. 7. Patients who are receiving other anti-neoplastic therapy (e.g. chemotherapy, targeted therapy or radiotherapy) concurrently or within 2 weeks of starting LDE225. 8. Patients taking moderate/strong inhibitors or inducers of CYP3A4/5 or drugs metabolized by CYP2B6 or CYP2C9 that have narrow therapeutic index, and that cannot be discontinued before starting treatment with LDE225. Medications that are strong CYP3A4/5 inhibitors should be discontinued for at least 7 days and strong CYP3A/5 inducers for at least 2 weeks prior to starting treatment with LDE225. 9. No concurrent use of statins (except for pravastatin, if absolutely necessary) 10. No concurrent warfarin or Coumadin-derivatives 11. Impaired cardiac function or significant heart disease, including any one of the following:
  • Angina pectoris within 3 months
  • Acute myocardial infarction within 3 months
  • QTc >450 msec on the screening ECG
  • A past medical history of clinically significant ECG abnormalities or a family history of prolonged QT-interval syndrome
  • Other clinically significant heart disease (e.g. heart failure, uncontrolled/labile hypertension, or history of poor compliance with an antihypertensive regimen) 12. Patients who are not willing to apply highly effective contraception during the study and through the duration of LDE225 treatment.
  • Male patients must use highly effective (double barrier) methods of contraception (e.g., spermicidal gel plus condom) for the entire duration of the study, and continuing using contraception and refrain from fathering a child for 6 months following the last dose of the study drug. A condom is also required to be used by vasectomized men as well as during intercourse with a male partner in order to prevent delivery of the study treatment via seminal fluid. Sexually active males must be willing to use a condom during intercourse while taking the study drug and for 6 months after stopping investigational medications and agree not to father a child during this period. 13. Patients unwilling or unable to comply with the research protocol.

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