Predicting Survival During Radium-223 (Xofigo) Treatment 

In a small, 25 man, but significant clinical trial of men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who also qualified for Radium-223 (Xofigo) it was shown that the level of pain a man has during the treatment could be used as a prognostic tool of his survival.  

Brain Exercise Program Eases Chemobrain in Breast Cancer Survivors - Probably A Similar Result for Men with Prostate Cancer

Use of a computerized brain exercise program designed to help people sharpen their cognitive function was found to be effective against chemo brain in breast Cancer Thrivers and will probably be useful for Cancer Thrivers with any chemo brain. 

RADAR Trial Shows Longer ADT with Radiotherapy is Superior to Short-Term ADT and Radiotherapy

The 10-year outcomes from the RADAR phase 3 trial were recently published.  The results showed that men with locally advanced prostate cancer who were treated with six months of androgen suppression therapy (ADT) and prostatic radiotherapy did not do as well as those who were treated with 18 months of ADT and radiation.

Time to PSA Recurrence Is A Surrogate Endpoint for Prostate Cancer Survival

In an analysis of the NRG Oncology clinical trial NRG-RTOG 9202 it was shown that the interval of time to biochemical reoccurrence (PSA only or BCR), or the time it takes for previously treated prostate cancer to return as indicated by a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) rise, could be used as a surrogate endpoint for survival for men with locally advanced prostate cancer. 

POSITIVE RESULTS FROM PHASE 3 ARCHES TRIAL OF XTANDI® (ENZALUTAMIDE) IN MEN WITH METASTATIC HORMONE-SENSITIVE PROSTATE CANCER

It was announced today that the Phase 3 ARCHES trial which evaluated XTANDI (enzalutamide) along with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in men with metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) met its primary endpoint, significantly improving radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) versus ADT alone. 

Study Shows Denosumab Safe & Effective in Increasing Bone Density in Non-metastatic Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer treatments, particularly hormone therapy (ADT) can have a significant effect on speeding up the process of thinning and weakening the bones. There are some available treatments (Zoledronic acid aka Zoladex and denosumab aka Xgeva) which are designed to slow down or reverse this process; however, they are known to have many adverse side effects themselves.  These side effects can include severe fractures of the femur which could limit survival and cataracts.  For this reason, these treatments are usually used later, when men become castrate resistant and metastatic.  

Treating Gleason 9–10 Prostate Cancer 

According to Anthony V. D’Amico, MD, Ph.D., who is chief of the Division of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology and an institute physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, “It makes logical sense that in these very aggressive prostate cancers, you need a multi-modality approach.”

Clinical Experience of 100 Consecutive Men Treated with Lu-177 

At the ESMO  2018 Conference that was recently concluded, there was a report of the clinical experience of 100 men with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who were consecutively treated with Lu-177 PSMA-I&T Radioligand Therapy. 

Provenge When Used In Castrate Sensitive Men with Prostate Cancer Changes PSA Kinetics, But Does Not Effect Time To Bio-Chemical Failure 

The understanding that the earlier Provenge is used in castrate resistant men with prostate cancer has led many men to ask why not use Provenge even earlier when they are still castrate sensitive?  This question is an excellent one which follows the logical next step; however, the answer is surprising! 

Survival Not Improved by Adding Radiotherapy in All Newly Diagnosed Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer

According to the results of the STAMPEDE trial.1 adding radiotherapy (radiation) to the current standard-of-care androgen deprivation therapy (ADT of hormone therapy) did not improve the overall survival in all men who are newly diagnosed metastatic prostate cancer.   

The Synergy between Xtandi and Zytiga with ADT – Is it Important to Continue Taking ADT Along with Xtandi and Zytiga?

Why are Zytiga and Xtandi added to ADT and not substituted for ADT? Do I really need to continue ADT when I use Xtandi or Zytiga?

Black Men with Prostate Cancer Are More Responsive to Radiation Than White Men

Recently released and unexpected findings have been announced, contrary to previous understandings, black men who received primary radiation therapy to treat their prostate cancer had lower rates of biochemical cancer recurrence than white men.  They also had a lower rate of developing distant metastasis.  

What are the Important DNA Repair Mutations in Prostate Cancer?

There has been much discussion as well as clinical trials about the use of personal genetic information, specifically the presence of mutations in the DNA repair genes such as BRACA2, with the successful use of PARP-Inhibitors and in confirming our understanding that the occurrences of these genetic mutations are an indication of a poor prognosis.  

BRACA is not the only DNA repair pathway you nee to be aware of if you have Prostate Cancer. Learn about to other mutations you need to known.

ARAMIS Trial Finds That the Investigational Treatment Darolutamide Extends Metastasis-free Survival of Men with M0 Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer

It has been announced that the Phase III ARAMIS Trial (Androgen Receptor inhibiting Agent for Metastatic-free Survival) evaluating an investigational treatment known as darolutamide in men with Non-metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer (nM0) has successfully met its primary endpoint of extending the metastasis-free survival (MFS) of men compared to placebo.  

Ablative Radiation Increases Survival in Some Newly Diagnosed Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer

In certain men newly diagnosed with Advanced Prostate Cancer, or metastatic prostate cancer debunking the tumor with radiation can increase survival advantage.

Degarelix Might Be Superior to Leuprolide in Minimizing Cardiovascular Disease and Incidents in Men with Prostate Cancer

We know that the incidence of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and prostate cancer increase with age, resulting in higher mortality. CVD is the second most common cause of death in men with prostate cancer [1,2] Hormone therapy (ADT) with gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists like Lupron for treatment of prostate cancer has been linked to additional increases in CVD morbidity and mortality. This link is especially evident in the first year of treatment [3], and men with a history of CVD are at higher risk [3].

Degarelix, which is different from the (GnRH) agonists, is a GnRH receptor antagonist also approved for the treatment of men with advanced prostate cancer. However, good data is suggesting that degarelix might have a lower incidence of causing CVD than the GnRH agonists