Webinar series on active surveillance

We have heard from Howard Wolinksy that he and others have been helping to put together a series of four webinars on different aspects of active surveillance (AS) for the management of favorable-risk prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Does “AR gain” affect responses to drugs like abiraterone in men with CRPC?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it appears to be true that “AR gain” (see below) does indeed lower overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) rates among men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). … READ MORE …

New guidelines for management of advanced prostate cancer

The American Urological Association (AUA), together with the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the Society for Urologic Oncology (SUO), has just issued a new set of guidelines for the management of advanced prostate cancer (see here). … READ MORE …

Putting on weight … if you’ve had localized prostate cancer

So even if we don’t want to think or talk about it, most of us are well aware that about 40 percent of all Americans are now obese. In other words, they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher. … READ MORE …

Ipatasertib meets one of two primary endpoints in Phase III trial

According to a media release issued by Roche earlier this morning, the company’s investigational drug known as ipatasertib met one but not both of the two primary endpoints in a randomized, double-blind Phase III trial known as the IPATential150 trial. … READ MORE …

RP vs. RT as first-line treatment for prostate cancer: that word “may” again

A newly published commentary on the CancerNetwork web site is entitled, “Radical prostatectomy as primary treatment for prostate cancer leads to better survival.” … READ MORE …

Germline testing to assess risk for specific types of prostate cancer

The recommendations of the Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference 2019 (held in October last year) on implementation of germline testing for risk of prostate cancer have now been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. … READ MORE …

Importance of adding ADT to brachy boost therapy for men with unfavorable-risk prostate cancer

Last month, we looked at Level 1 evidence (highest level, superseding all previous studies) that for unfavorable-risk patients, brachy boost therapy (BBT) — i.e., external beam therapy (EBRT) with a brachytherapy boost to the prostate — has better results when accompanied by 18 months of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) (see this link). … READ MORE …

Data from HERO trial reported — at virtual ASCO and in NEJM

The results of the Phase III HERO trial of relugolix — the first oral LHRH antagonist for treatment of advanced prostate cancer — have now been reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and at the “virtual” annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). … REAR MORE …

And now … FDA approves second PARP inhibitor for selected men with mCRPC

Following last week’s approval of rucaparib (Rubraca), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now, also, approved the PARP inhibitor olaparib (Lynparza) for the treatment of men with with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline or somatic homologous recombination repair (HRR) gene-mutated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have progressed following prior treatment with enzalutamide or abiraterone. … READ MORE …

FDA approves first PARP inhibitor for selected men with mCRPC

Yesterday evening the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved rucaparib (Rubraca) for the treatment of men with BRCA1/2-mutant, metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have also already been treated with androgen receptor-directed therapy and taxane-based chemotherapy. … READ MORE …

Sipuleucel-T in management of favorable-risk prostate cancer: the ProVent trial

At the end of last year, Dendreon announced that the Phase III ProVent trial of sipuelucel-T (Provenge) in the treatment of men with relatively lower-risk forms of prostate cancer (as compared to active surveillance) had been fully enrolled ahead of schedule. … READ MORE …

Axumin-based PET/CT scans and detection of recurrent prostate cancer

A new report from a relatively small, single-institution study has provided additional information about the utility of [18F]fluciclovine (Axumin) PET/CT scans in the detection of recurrent prostate cancer after definitive first-line treatment. … READ MORE …

More negative data for checkpoint inhibition in treatment of mCRPC

Alas … once again we hear that the combination of  androgen receptor blockade (with enzalutamide/Xtandi) + a checkpoint inhibitor (the PD-L1 inhibitor atezolizumab/Tecentriq) has had no clinically meaningful impact on the overall survival (OS) of men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) compared to enzalutamide alone. … READ MORE …

Olaparib in treatment of men with mCRPC and selected HRR gene mutations

According to a media release issued by AstraZeneca and Merck on Friday evening, olaparib (Lynparza) has shown “a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in … overall survival (OS)” in men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) and BRCA1/2 or ATM gene mutations (homologous repair gene mutations or HRRm). … READ MORE …