Mediterranean diet, active surveillance, and low-risk prostate cancer: the details

As we advised readers yesterday, a newly published study by Gregg et al. from the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has given some clear indications that men diagnosed with lower-risk forms of prostate cancer who are initially managed on active surveillance (AS) can benefit — in terms of time to disease progression — from what is known as the Mediterranean-type diet. … READ MORE …

Mediterranean diet, active surveillance, and low-risk prostate cancer

The abstract of a newly published study on the use of the Mediterranean diet (MD) by men on active surveillance (AS) for management of low-risk, localized prostate cancer states that … READ MORE …

Whole pelvic salvage radiation may be better than precisely targeted lymph node salvage radiation

Last week, I looked at a retrospective study of metastasis-directed therapy (MDT) at the Mayo Clinic among oligorecurrent patients (see this link). … READ MORE …

FDA approves first, oral LHRH antagonist

Earlier today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved relugolix, (Orgovyx, from Myovant Sciences), the first, oral luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) receptor antagonist for the treatment of adult patients with advanced prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Targeting bone metastases with radiation in oligorecurrent men has no survival benefit in Mayo study

Oligometastases in Bones

Metastasis-directed therapy (MDT) when there are only a few bone metastases (called “oligometastatic”) is controversial. … READ MORE …

Manufacture and use of gallium-68 PSMA-11 for PET/CT scans

OK … so it took us a couple of days to work out why only two centers (at UCSF and UCLA) had been approved to administer the new (to the US) gallium-68 PSMA-11 scans. It wasn’t very smart of us. We should have realized immediately! … READ MORE …

FDA approves first gallium-68 PSMA PET scan imaging agent in US, BUT …

Yesterday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its approval for the first gallium-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen imaging agent (Ga-67 PSMA-11), for the use in association with positron emission tomography (PET) scanning for the evaluation of men with suspected prostate cancer — and most particularly for those men  with high-risk characteristics suggesting the possibility of metastasis, including men with newly diagnosed or recurrent disease. However, here’s the “but”… READ MORE …

“Doctor, where did my cancer go?”

Some 18 months ago we had written about the possible occurrence of spontaneous remissions in men on active surveillance (AS) for low-risk forms of prostate cancer. We were therefore very interested in a recent article closely related to this topic. … READ MORE..

The epidemiology of prostate cancer (2003-2017)

A recent report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) may offer one of the best analyses of an increasing risk for diagnosis with and death from advanced forms of prostate cancer over the period from 2003 to 2017 (the last year for which we have accurate data from the SEER database). … READ MORE …

Improvements in surgical technique: past and more recent

Nearly 3 years ago now, we first mentioned a surgical technique known as “Retzius-sparing” radical prostatectomy on this web site. … READ MORE …

Long-term use of 5-ARIs in low-risk men on AS

Perhaps unsurprisingly, your sitemaster was a little distracted on March 9 this year (by both the start of the COVID-19 chaos and by his birthday) and so he utterly missed what appears to be a rather important paper on the use of 5α-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs) in men on active surveillance (AS) for management of low-risk forms of prostate cancer.

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Onvansertib in treatment of abiraterone-resistant mCRPC

We hear that an investigational drug called onvansertib — a so-called polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibitor — may have benefit in the treatment of men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who are showing early signs of progression on treatment with abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) + prednisone.

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SBRT vs. EBRT in treatment of painful spine metastases

New data on this topic — from a Phase II/III clinical trial — have just been presented at the virtual annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Basically, the data from this study by Sahgal et al. indicated that 24 Gy (in two 12 Gy doses) of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) was more effective in the elimination of spinal pain in patients with metastatic cancer as compared to 20 Gy (in five 4 Gy doses) of conventional, external beam radiation therapy (EBRT).

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Breakthrough Device Designation for miR Sentinel™ urine test

According to a media release issued on Tuesday this week by miR Scientific, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Breakthrough Device Designation for the company’s new urine-based test for risk of prostate cancer (the miR Sentinel™ Prostate Test). … READ MORE …

The virtual prostate cancer patient

A new type of “educational” service has been brought to our attention that uses virtual reality (VR) systems allowing a number of opportunities for men to “talk” to a virtual prostate cancer patient about their own risks for prostate cancer and things like the risks and benefits of PSA testing. … READ MORE …