Ribociclib, a CDK4/6 inhibitor, demonstrates preclinical antitumor activity in combination with taxanes. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of ribociclib plus docetaxel in a phase Ib/II study in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).

Patients and Methods:

Patients had chemotherapy-naïve mCRPC with progression on ≥ 1 androgen receptor signaling inhibitor (ARSI). The phase II primary endpoint was 6-month radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) rate, with an alternative hypothesis of 55% versus 35% historical control. Circulating tumor cells (CTC) were collected at baseline and genomically profiled.


Forty-three patients were enrolled (N = 30 in phase II). Two dose-limiting toxicities were observed (grade 4 neutropenia and febrile neutropenia). The recommended phase II dose (RP2D) and schedule was docetaxel 60 mg/m2 every 21 days plus ribociclib 400 mg/day on days 1–4 and 8–15 with filgrastim on days 5–7. At the RP2D, neutropenia was the most common grade ≥ 3 adverse event (37%); however, no cases of febrile neutropenia were observed. The primary endpoint was met; the 6-month rPFS rate was 65.8% [95% confidence interval (CI): 50.6%–85.5%; P = 0.005] and median rPFS was 8.1 months (95% CI, 6.0–10.0 months). Thirty-two percent of evaluable patients achieved a PSA50 response. Nonamplified MYC in baseline CTCs was associated with longer rPFS (P = 0.052).


The combination of intermittent ribociclib plus every-3-weeks docetaxel demonstrated acceptable toxicity and encouraging efficacy in ARSI-pretreated mCRPC. Genomic profiling of CTCs may enrich for those most likely to derive benefit. Further evaluation in a randomized clinical trial is warranted.

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