In chemotherapy-naïve patients, median OS was not reached for men with normal AR gene and was 12.40 months for AR gain. With a hazard ratio (HR) of 3.98, men with AR gain had about a 4 times greater higher risk of death compared with men with normal AR gene (< .001).

Among men who received prior docetaxel therapy, median OS was 21.80 months for patients with normal AR gene and 9.51 months for those with AR gain (HR: 3.81; < .001).

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PFS results were similar: chemotherapy-naïve men with AR gain had about a 2.2 times higher risk for disease progression (HR: 2.18; = .03); men previously treated with docetaxel had about a 2.0 times higher risk for disease progression (HR: 1.95; = .01). 

For AR gene mutations (2105T>A; 2632A>G) in abiraterone-treated, post-docetaxel patients, median OS was not reached in men with normal AR gene and was 4.06 months in men with AR gene mutations (HR: 3.06; = .004).

In a multivariate analysis, AR gain or mutations remained significantly associated with worse OS and PFS. 

A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) decline of greater than 50% was 4 to 5 times less likely among patients with AR gain and mutations. 

These findings were confirmed in the second cohort of 94 patients from the PREMIERE Study. Men with AR gain had an 8-fold higher risk for disease progression. 

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Currently, there is no approved test for individualizing therapy for patients. But Dr D’Amico indicated that, in future, liquid biopsies may be able to identify men who may be appropriate for treatment with enzalutamide and abiraterone based on AR gene status.  As example, he noted that men who are deemed resistant to abiraterone or enzalutamide based on AR-V7 are often sensitive to docetaxel. 

The test will next be validated in prospective, clinical trials.


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