Are we closer to automated pathological assessment of prostate cancer biopsy slides?

According to a recent article in Modern Pathology, a team of researchers at Yale University and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) have been able to show that an artificial intelligence (AI) system designed and validated at MSKCC could be used to diagnose prostate cancer as either “suspicious” or “not suspicious” based on data from nearly 2,000 slides of prostate tissue acquired at Yale Medicine. … READ MORE …

Lutetium-177 PSMA-617 in treatment of mCRPC: trial results

According to a media release, issued earlier today by Novartis, the company has provided preliminary data about the results of the international, multi-center, Phase III, randomized, VISION trial, which has been evaluating the efficacy and safety of lutetium-177 PSMA-617, a targeted radioligand therapy, in treatment of men with progressive, PSMA-positive, metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) … READ MORE …

Active surveillance and related research: a new research initiative

As some of our readers will already be aware, Prostate Cancer International has been working in concert with Dr. M. Mihaj Siddiqui at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the PATIENTS program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy to put together a grant request for funding for a program to identify evidence gaps to guide future research on the use of active surveillance to monitor low-risk prostate cancers. … READ MORE …

Modulating personal bias in provision of prostate cancer “support” services

As Howard Wolinsky has been learning over the past few years, not all prostate cancer support groups are “equal” — in the sense that individual support group leaders may be seriously biased by their own personal experiences (which may have occurred many years ago). … READ MORE …

How does your doctor do prostate biopsies?

So (in our opinion) the time has come — for a whole bunch of reasons — for actual and potential prostate cancer patients to start asking their urologists about whether they are able to carry out transperineal as opposed to transrectal biopsies. … READ MORE …

Major new survey on active surveillance and prostate cancer

In February, a group of researchers initiated a major new survey of patient knowledge about active surveillance as an initial management option for men with lower risk forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Xofigo 2.0

Xofigo (radium Ra 223 dichloride) is a systemic radiopharmaceutical. Radium is chemically similar to calcium and is taken up by bones in places where bone is actively growing, as in prostate cancer bone metastases. … READ MORE …

Another new urine test for risk of prostate cancer

As we have mentioned previously, data on the use of a variety of methods of urine testing in assessment of risk for clinically significant prostate cancer (and therefore the need for a follow-up biopsy) continues to evolve. … READ MORE …

Lu-177-PSMA-617 vs Jevtana (cabazitaxel): which should I do next?

We saw recently (see this link) that of chemotherapeutic and hormonal medicines for treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), Jevtana (cabazitaxel) is the preferred third-line treatment after Taxotere (docetaxel) and Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) or Xtandi (enzalutamide). … READ MORE …

AS and management of Grade Group 2 prostate cancer

The abstract of a presentation to be given by Egan et al. — from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at Bethesda, MD — at the upcoming, virtual Genitourinary Cancers Symposium has indicated that active surveillance (AS) seems to be a very reasonable option for first-line management for compliant patients initially diagnosed with Grade Group 2 prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Risk for and detection of clinically significant prostate cancer in previously unbiopsied patients

The “best” way to identify clinically significant, localized prostate cancer continues to evolve. But there is still no consensus about what that “best” way might be to do this, let alone any consensus about the detection of “clinically insignificant”, localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

ADT and risk for COVID-19 infection?

Early in 2020, in the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a suggestion (based on data from a small Italian study) that men who were using androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to manage their prostate cancer might be at lower than average risk for becoming infected with this virus. … READ MORE …

Avoiding radiation damage to salivary glands with Ac-225-PSMA-617 therapy

As we await the results of the VISION trial of Lu-177-PSMA-617, research continues into improving radiopharmaceuticals. … READ MORE …

“Dose painting”: simultaneous integrated boost to the dominant intraprostatic lesion

Two technologies have come together to allow for a new kind of radiation treatment known as simultaneous integrated boost (SIB), or, more informally, “dose painting.” … READ MORE …

SBRT for high-risk prostate cancer patients

As we have seen, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a preferred therapy for low- and intermediate-risk patients (see this link). It is effective, safe, convenient, and relatively inexpensive. However, its use for high-risk patients remains controversial. … READ MORE …