Medicare to cover costs of new test for AR-V7

We have recently learned that Medicare will be covering the costs of the Oncotype DX AR-V7 Nucleus Detect™ test for patients with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) as of December 10, 2018. … READ MORE …

Newest radiopharmaceutical: thorium-227 PSMA antibody

Bayer has announced a new clinical trial of the latest entry in the race for radiopharmaceuticals to treat prostate cancer, joining 177Lu PSMA-617, 225Ac PSMA-617, and 131I MIP-1095. They are trying thorium-227 attached to a PSMA antibody. … READ MORE …

Harris Poll shows that 40 percent of Americans think “alternative therapies alone can cure cancer”

The above headline comes from information released yesterday by the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). … READ MORE …

Court invalidates patent on J&J’s Zytiga, but …

Here in the US, according to news reports issued late on Friday, a federal court in New Jersey invalidated the last remaining patent held by Johnson & Johnson on their formulation of abiraterone acetate, known as Zytiga, and used in the treatment of castration-resistant forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

SBRT has excellent outcomes for intermediate-risk patients

Stereotactic body radiation therapy or SBRT (sometimes referred to as SABR or SHARP or CyberKnife) has had excellent 7-year outcomes in an update of the consortium study, including data from 10 single-institution trials and two multi-institutional trials. … READ MORE …

A national study of prostate cancer in African Americans

The National Cancer Institute has invested over $20 million in a new study that will attempt to enroll 10,000 African-American men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer: the RESPOND study. … READ MORE …

Lutetium-177 PSMA-617 in Phase III (VISION) trial for treatment of mCRPC

We have just been appraised of a randomized, double-blind, multi-center, Phase III clinical trial of the targeted, radiolabeled agent 177Lu-PSMA-617 (a form of “radioligand” therapy) in the treatment of metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). … READ MORE …