Adding ADT to external beam radiation only benefits unfavorable risk patients

In 2013, Zumsteg et al. proposed a refinement in the NCCN “intermediate risk” classification into two subcategories, “favorable intermediate-risk (FIR)” and “unfavorable intermediate-risk (UIR).” … READ MORE …

Risk calculators for men already on active surveillance

The Prostate Active Surveillance Study (PASS), initially funded by the Canary Foundation, is a multi-center research study for men  with low-risk disease who have chosen active surveillance (AS) to manage their prostate cancer. Active surveillance in PASS means closely monitoring men with prostate cancer and offering treatment if test results show the cancer is getting worse. … READ MORE …

Who actually dies from prostate cancer? Additional observations

Earlier today we reported on a recent publication based on data from the CaPSURE registry database, which stated that, among men enrolled in that database, men died sooner from their prostate cancer after they progressed to having metastatic disease over time (median survival, 2.4 years from onset of metastasis) than died from their prostate cancer if they were initially diagnosed with metastatic disease (median survival, 5.3 years). … READ MORE …

Synergy between radiation of metastases and immunotherapy confirmed

Two clinical trials have now confirmed the abscopal or bystander effect in prostate cancer. These effects occur when cancer cells that are not directly treated are nonetheless killed. … READ MORE …

Neoadjuvant CHT + surgery for men with high-risk, localized prostate cancer

Eastham et al. have recently reported — in the Journal of Clinical Oncology — results from a randomized Phase III trial of the surgical treatment of men with high-risk forms of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer treatment and quality of life in the “real world”

The idea that most men will recover meaningful erectile and sexual function after treatment for prostate cancer has long been disputed by many in the patient community. We now seem to have some better data supporting the patient perspective. … 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 …

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 …

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 …