OncoGenex gets addditional “fast track” designation for custirsen

According to a media release from OncoGenex, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has granted a “fast track” designation to the evaluation of data from the so-called AFFINITY trial of custiren + carbazitaxel + prednisone as a second-line treatment for men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). … READ MORE …

Palliative (and non-palliative) radiation therapy in late-stage prostate cancer today

The role of radiation therapy in the management of men with advanced (i.e., metastatic and castration-resistant) forms of prostate cancer has been evolving over the past 5 years or so. … READ MORE …

Reference pricing for PBRT in treatment of prostate cancer?

One of the lead specialists in the use of proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) in the treatment of prostate cancer is suggesting that use of this technology should be reimbursed at the same rate as intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) — at least until we have better data. … READ MORE …

What’s being presented at the AUA in May: Part VII

A total of 44 presentations and posters address prostate cancer-specific topics under the general heading of “epidemiology and natural history” in three sessions at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association this year. … READ MORE …

The relationship between diet and risk for cancer

Many readers of this blog might want to read the article by George Johnson in today’s New York Times. He reports on the evolving hypothesis that any relationship between diet and risk for cancer is becoming less and less likely … which would also explain why changing one’s diet is unlikely to actually prevent cancers too (prostate cancer included).

OK … Time to do a little “catch-up”: Part II

This is the second of the two posts that are designed to “get us back up to speed” after last week’s hiatus, so here is information about some of the other interesting news that crossed your sitemaster’s screen over the past week … READ MORE …

OK … Time do do a little “catch-up”: Part I

The information in this post and the next is going to give you some basic updates from what has been happening over the past few days while your sitemaster has been having a temporary “meltdown”. Hopefully we can get back on track by something like Wednesday this week. … READ MORE …

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