ASTRO 2022: Addition of Metastasis-Directed Therapy to Intermittent Hormone Therapy for Oligometastatic Prostate Cancer (EXTEND): A Multicenter, Randomized Phase II Trial

( The 2022 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting held in San Antonio, TX between October 23rd and 26th, 2022 was host to a late-breaking abstract session, during which Dr. Chad Tang presented results of the EXTEND trial: a multicenter, randomized phase II trial evaluating the addition of metastasis-directed therapy (MDT) to intermittent hormone therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer.


Dr. Tang began his presentation by providing the rationale for the study design. He highlighted data from the STOMP and ORIOLE trials that evaluated the role of MDT in patients with oligometastatic prostate cancer. In brief, the STOMP trial was a multicenter, randomized phase II trial that prospectively evaluated the effects of metastasis-directed therapy for patients with evidence of oligometastatic disease on choline PET/CT (up to three extracranial sites) who had received prior treatment with curative intent and had evidence of biochemical recurrence with testosterone >50 ng/ml (i.e. metachronous, oligometastatic hormone sensitive prostate cancer). Between 2012 and 2015, 62 patients were randomized 1:1 and metastasis-directed therapy was with either SBRT or metastatectomy. With a median follow up of 5.3 years, the five-year ADT-free survival was 8% in the surveillance arm compared to 34% for the MDT group (HR: 0.57, 95% CI: 0.38- 0 .84, log-rank p=0.06).1  The ORIOLE trial was a randomized phase II trial of 54 men with metachronous, oligometastatic mHSPC (up to three sites). Metastatic sites were diagnosed via 18F-DCFPyL PET/CT. Between 2016 and 2018, patients were randomized in a 2:1 fashion to receive SABR or observation. Treatment with SABR improved median progression-free survival (not reached vs 5.8 months; hazard ratio, 0.30; 95% CI, 0.11-0.81; p = 0.002). Recently published pooled data from the two trials (STOMP and ORIOLE) demonstrates that metastasis-directed therapy in these patients improves progression-free survival from 5.9 months (95% CI: 3.2 – 7.1) to 11.9 months (95% CI: 8.0 – 18.3; HR: 0.44, p < 0.001), without any significant improvements seen in radiographic progression-free survival, time to castration-resistant disease, or overall survival.3






Dr. Tang next highlighted trials demonstrating that upfront hormone therapy improves survival while synergizing with radiation therapy, thus justifying use of hormone therapy in this trial




Elaborating on the study rationale for including intermittent ADT, as opposed to continuous ADT, Dr. Tang noted that hormone therapy does have significant adverse effects and conversely, intermittent regimens may reduce such side effects. While the SWOG S9346 trial did demonstrate worse survival outcomes for intermittent ADT (as opposed to continuous ADT) in metastatic prostate cancer patients, and as such may have led to decreased adoption of intermittent ADT, Dr Tang did note that there were important limitations to this trial. Median PSA at diagnosis was notably high at 42 ng/ml, PSA did not nadir to <0.2 ng/ml after 7 months in 65% of patients, and during hormone therapy holidays, hormone therapy was resumed at a PSA >20 ng/ml. As such, Dr. Tang noted that he did not believe that such results can be universally translated to modern clinical practice and that these results should not lead to discontinuation of intermittent ADT regimens in the appropriate patient.


Given the benefit of MDT in the oligometastatic setting and the known benefit of early ADT addition, Dr. Tang and colleagues designed the EXTEND trial. This trial included patients with known diagnosis of prostate cancer and 5 or less metastatic sites. Patients had previously been on at least 2 months of prior hormone therapy (GnRH agonist/antagonist +/- 2nd generation agents). Untreated primaries were allowed, but patients had to be treated regardless of randomization. Patients underwent a stratified randomization (detailed below) in a 1:1 fashion to either combined therapy (MDT + 6 months of hormone therapy) or 6 months of hormone therapy alone. After 6 months, patients were given a hormone therapy break, after which hormone therapy was resumed for evidence of biochemical and/or radiographic progression.




The primary endpoint of progression-free survival demonstrated a significant benefit for MDT addition to 6 months of hormone therapy. After a median duration of follow-up of 22.1 months, median PFS was not reached in the MDT+ADT arm versus 15.8 months in the ADT alone arm (HR: 0.25; 95% CI: 0.12 – 0.55, stratified log-rank test p<0.001).




Subgroup analysis demonstrated consistent benefits for combination MDT + ADT across various subgroups, including PSA levels, stage, prior primary treatment, use of 2nd generation anti-androgens, metastatic lesion number, and hormone duration prior to enrolment.




Eugonodal progression-free survival, defined as time from the demonstration of eugonadal testosterone levels (>150 ng/dL) to progression, was also significantly higher in the MDT + ADT arm (p=0.025).



Dr. Tang concluded his presentation with the following take home messages:

  • MDT combined with HT as part of an intermittent regime improves PFS and thus time off hormone therapy
    • Subgroup analysis, although limited, demonstrate a persistent effect across important subgroups
    • MDT combined with hormone therapy as part of an intermittent regimen improves eugonadal progression-free survival
    • Intermittent hormone therapy in combination with MDT may facilitate prolonged eugonad testosterone intervals while maintaining excellent disease control in men with oligometastatic prostate cancer

Presented by: Chad Tang, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 

Written by: Rashid Sayyid, MD, MSc – Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) Clinical Fellow at The University of Toronto, @rksayyid on Twitter during the 2022 American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Hybrid Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Sat, Oct 22 – Wed, Oct 26, 2022.

  1. Ost P, Reynders D, Decaestecker K, et al. Surveillance or metastasis-directed therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence: A prospective, randomized, multicenter phase II trial. J Clin Oncol. 2018;36(5):446-453.
  2. Phillips R, Shi WY, Deek M, et al. Outcomes of Observation vs Stereotactic Ablative Radiation for Oligometastatic Prostate CancerThe ORIOLE Phase 2 Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncol. 2020;6(5):650-659.
  3. Deek MP, van der Eecken K, Sutera P, et al. Long-Term Outcomes and Genetic Predictors of Response to Metastasis-Directed Therapy Versus Observation in Oligometastatic Prostate Cancer: Analysis of STOMP and ORIOLE Trials. J Clin Oncol. 2022;JCO2200644.








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