Effects of Budesonide on Cabazitaxel Pharmacokinetics and Cabazitaxel-Induced Diarrhea: A Randomized, Open-Label Multicenter Phase II Study

Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Apr 1;23(7):1679-1683. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-16-2110. Epub 2016 Oct 4.


Purpose: Forty-seven percent of patients in the pivotal trial of cabazitaxel reported diarrhea of any grade. Aiming to reduce the incidence of diarrhea, we studied the effects of budesonide on the grade of cabazitaxel-induced diarrhea during the first two treatment cycles.Experimental Design: Between December 2011 and October 2015, 246 metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients were randomized to receive standard-of-care cabazitaxel 25 mg/m2 every 3 weeks plus prednisone 10 mg/day (group CABA) or same dose/schedule of cabazitaxel with concomitant budesonide 9 mg daily during the first two treatment cycles (group BUD). The occurrence of diarrhea was reported by physicians and by patients in a diary. χ2 tests were used to compare incidence numbers. An intention-to-treat principle was used.Results: In the phase II trial, 227 patients were evaluable. Grade 2-3 diarrhea occurred in 35 patients (15%) and grade 4 diarrhea was not reported. The incidence of grade 2-3 diarrhea was comparable in both treatment groups: 14 of 113 patients in group CABA (12%) versus 21 of 114 patients in group BUD (18%; P = 0.21). Seven patients were admitted to the hospital with diarrhea (n = 5 group CABA vs. n = 2 group BUD). PSA response was seen in 30% of patients and was not affected by budesonide coadministration (P = 0.29). Also, other toxicities were not affected by budesonide coadministration.Conclusions: The incidence of cabazitaxel-induced diarrhea was notably lower than reported in the TROPIC trial and appears manageable in routine clinical practice. Budesonide coadministration did not reduce the incidence or severity of cabazitaxel-induced diarrhea. Clin Cancer Res; 23(7); 1679-83. ©2016 AACR.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Budesonide / administration & dosage*
  • Diarrhea / chemically induced
  • Diarrhea / drug therapy*
  • Diarrhea / pathology
  • Humans
  • Kaplan-Meier Estimate
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostatic Neoplasms, Castration-Resistant / complications
  • Prostatic Neoplasms, Castration-Resistant / drug therapy*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms, Castration-Resistant / pathology
  • Taxoids / administration & dosage*
  • Taxoids / adverse effects
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Taxoids
  • Budesonide
  • cabazitaxel