A company in Hanover, Germany, Vakzine Projekt Management, reports positive clinical trial results with their therapeutic prostate cancer vaccine VPM4001. The results will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, USA.
A clinical phase I/II study with 30 patients completed in 2006 showed that 73% of patients suffering from advanced, hormone-resistant prostate carcinoma responded positively to the VPM4001 therapy. The primary study parameter, the PSA doubling time, was increased from 63 days to 114 days on average. This promising result has a high statistical significance (p=0.0035), the company says. PSA doubling time is a surrogate parameter well correlated to survival: higher PSA doubling times mean higher probabilities to survive a five year period. In this trial, the median survival time came to 981 days.