Enzalutamide for the treatment of nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer

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INTRODUCTION: Enzalutamide is the first characterized second-generation nonsteroidal androgen receptor inhibitor (ARi). Its efficacy has been established in several clinical trials evaluating its role in different settings of prostate cancer. Recently, enzalutamide has been approved for the treatment of nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC).

AREAS COVERED: In this paper, the authors describe the chemical structure and pharmacologic characteristics of enzalutamide, providing a summary of clinical trials evaluating its efficacy and safety in prostate cancer patients.

EXPERT OPINION: Enzalutamide adds to the growing arsenal of ARi used in nmCRPC. An improvement in metastasis-free survival was observed with the use of these new treatment options; recently released preliminary data report also an OS benefit. These novel agents are generally well tolerated, but their safety profiles differ slightly. Since head-to-head comparisons between ARi in nmCRPC are lacking, the adverse events profile, as well as drug availability, costs, and considerations on treatment-sequencing, would most likely influence the selection of the individual agent in this setting. Further research is needed to improve treatment selection and clarify many unsolved issues. Abbreviations ARi: nonsteroidal androgen receptor inhibitor; nmCRPC: nonmetastatic castration resistant prostate cancer; ADT: androgen deprivation therapy; OS: overall survival; PSA: prostate specific antigen; FDA: Food and Drug Administration; AR: Androgen Receptor; MFS: metastasis free survival; PSA-DT: PSA doubling time; HR: hazard ratio; CI: confidence interval; AEs: adverse events; mCRPC: metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer; mHSPC: metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer; rPFS: radiographic progression-free survival; OR: odds ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2091-2099
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Androgen Receptor Antagonists/administration & dosage
  • Antineoplastic Agents/administration & dosage
  • Clinical Trials, Phase III as Topic
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phenylthiohydantoin/administration & dosage
  • Proportional Hazards Models
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen/blood
  • Prostatic Neoplasms, Castration-Resistant/blood
  • Treatment Outcome


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