Impact of abiraterone on patient-related outcomes in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer: current perspectives

Abiraterone acetate has established a major role in the treatment paradigm of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer ever since pivotal trials, COU-AA-301 and COU-AA-302, have shown benefit in both the second-line and first-line (post- and pre-chemotherapy) setting, respectively, with improvement in overall survival as well as secondary end points such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and radiographic response rates, time to PSA progression, and progression-free survival. There has been a lot of interest and emphasis in the evaluation of patient-related outcomes (PROs) as it relates to quality of life, pain, adverse events, fatigue, and among others, in the use of different agents that have been shown to improve survival. This review examines the companion PROs in conjunction with abiraterone acetate use. This is particularly relevant since PROs are increasingly viewed as a key metric for drug label claims in granting approval across regulatory agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency.

Cancer management and research. 2017 Jul 11*** epublish ***

Joelle El-Amm, Rami Nassabein, Jeanny B Aragon-Ching

Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon., GU Medical Oncology, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Fairfax, VA, USA.