FDA approves new technique for “ablation of prostate tissue”

According to a media release issued by a Canadian company called Profound Medical on August 16, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a system called TULSA-PRO for the “ablation of prostate tissue”. There appears to be no relevant information on the FDA web site — as yet. … READ MORE …

The definition of a SECOND biochemical recurrence (after prostatectomy AND salvage radiation)

There is no standard definition of SECOND biochemical (PSA-detected) recurrence (BCR); that is, recurrence after both prostatectomy and salvage radiation (SRT). … READ MORE …

PARP inhibitor has positive outcomes in Phase III trial in selected men with mCRPC

According to a media release issued jointly yesterday by AstraZeneca and Merck, treatment with the PARP inhibitor olaparib (Lynparza) has demonstrated “positive results from the Phase III PROfound trial … in [a subset of] men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).” … READ MORE …

One large “zap” for painful bone metastases is enough

In 2011, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) issued a consensus statement as part of its “Choosing Wisely” campaign that found that 30 Gy in 10 fractions (treatments), 20 Gy in 5 fractions, and 8 Gy in 1 fraction all gave equivalent pain relief. … READ MORE …

Precision medicine and primary Gleason pattern 5 prostate cancer

Patients who are initially diagnosed with primary Gleason pattern 5 localized prostate cancer (i.e., having Gleason scores of 5 + 5 = 10 and 5 + 4 = 9) are well understood to have very high-risk disease. … READ MORE …

FDA approves darolutamide for treatment of nmCRPC

Bayer’s US pharmaceutical division has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved darolutamide — their formerly investigational androgen receptor inhibitor — for the treatment of men with non-metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC). … READ MORE …

ARCHES study data reported in JCO, and related issues

The initial data from the ARCHES study of standard ADT + enzalutamide versus standard ADT + a placebo in men with metastatic, hormone-sensitive prostate cancer were reported earlier this year at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. … READ MORE …