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- Plosker, G.L. Drugs (2011) 71: 101. doi:10.2165/11206840-000000000-00000
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Sipuleucel-T is an autologous active cellular immunotherapy used in the treatment of men with asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). It is the first therapeutic cancer vaccine to receive US FDA approval.
Approximately 3 days prior to each infusion of sipuleucel-T, patients undergo a leukapheresis procedure for collection of autologous peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Preparation of sipuleucel-T involves enrichment for antigen-presenting cells from the leukapheresis product and activation ex vivo with a recombinant fusion protein (PA2024).
In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled IMPACT study in patients with metastatic CRPC, sipuleucel-T was associated with a 22% relative reduction in the risk of death (hazard ratio 0.78; p = 0.03), which was the primary endpoint of the trial. After a median follow-up period of 34.1 months, median survival was 4.1 months longer with sipuleucel-T than placebo (25.8 vs 21.7 months). There was no significant between-group difference for the median time to objective disease progression (a secondary endpoint).