Dosimetry and safety of 177Lu PSMA-617 along with polyglutamate parotid gland protector: preliminary results in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients

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Purpose: Radioligand therapy (RLT) with 177Lu-PSMA-617 is a promising option for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). The present study was designed to define the safety and initial response to a minimal effective injected activity/cycle of 177Lu-PSMA-617 in mCRPC patients. New protective agents for salivary glands and kidney were co-administered and dosimetry was carried out. Patients and methods: A prospective single-arm, open label phase II study on mCRPC was activated at our institute in April 2017. Patients with histologically confirmed advanced mCRPC previously treated with standard life-prolonging agents were enrolled. Folic polyglutamate tablets were orally administered as parotid gland protectors and 500 mL of a 10% mannitol solution was intravenously infused to reduce kidney uptake before the injection of 3.7–5.5 GBq of 177Lu-PSMA-617 repeated four times at interval of 8 weeks. The adsorbed dose calculation was performed with MIRD formalism (OLINDA/EXM software). The Bryant and Day design was used to estimate the sample size taking account of both activity and toxicity. Results: Forty-three eligible patients were evaluated for toxicity and initial response. Dosimetry was carried out in 13 patients. Two (4.8%) patients had G3 and 8 (19.5%) had G2 hematological toxicity. Only 3 (6.9%) patients had mild G1 salivary gland toxicity and 8 (19.5%) had G1 renal toxicity. A decrease of ≥ 30% in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was achieved after the first cycle in 17 (40.5%) patients, of whom 13 had a PSA decline of >50% after the second cycle. The median adsorbed doses were 0.65 mGy/MBq (range 0.33–2.63) for parotid glands, 0.42 mGy/MBq (0.14–0.81) for kidneys, 0.036 mGy/MBq (0.023–0.067) for red marrow, and 0.038 mGy/MBq (0.018–0.135) for the whole body. Conclusion: In advanced, heavily pre-treated mCRPC patients, 3.7 GBq/cycle of 177Lu-PSMA-617 was safe and produced early biochemical and imaging responses at PSMA whole-body scan post injection. Dosimetry of salivary glands suggests that the co-administration of polyglutamate tablets may reduce salivary gland uptake. Clinical trial registration: EU Clinical Trials Register No.: 2016-002732-32; NCT03454750. Collection and assembly of data: April 2017 and February 2019.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3008-3017
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Dosimetry
  • mCRPC
  • Polyglutamate tablets
  • PSMA therapy
  • Salivary glands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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