Prostate cancer and treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors

Immune checkpoint inhibitors include drugs like ipilimumab (Yervoy), pembrolizumab (Keytruda), nivolumab (Opdivo), and others that can have dramatic effects on the survival of some groups of patients with advanced forms of some cancers. … READ MORE …

Are genomic tests “up to snuff” for routine use in prognosis of prostate cancer risk?

The Intergroupe Coopérateur Francophone de Recherche en Onco-urologie (ICFuro) has just published a review of the available evidence on the clinical validity and utility of six prognostic biomarkers available for the assessment of prostate cancer-related risk. … READ MORE …

Carbon-11-labeled sarcosine as a prostate cancer imaging agent

A new paper in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine has reported the first use of [11C]sarcosine in combination with PET/CT scanning as a technique for imaging prostate cancer in man. … READ MORE …

Primary ADT in treatment of elderly men with organ-confined prostate cancer

One really has to wonder whether we are still treating elderly men, initially diagnosed with organ-confined prostate cancer, with first-line or “primary” androgen deprivation therapy ADT)! And if we are, why on Earth is that? … READ MORE …

An update on ODM-201 in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer

A while back now (in late 2014) Bayer initiated Phase III trials of the investigational agent ODM-201 — now also known as daralutamide — in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The “right” ways to treat TxN1M0 disease today

Really sound guidance on “the best” way to treat men who are initially diagnosed with lymph node-positive (TxN1M0) prostate cancer — or are found to have such cancer at the time of first-line surgery — is not as readily available as one might like. … READ MORE …

Predicting outcomes on active surveillance for intermediate-risk patients

It is now clear that men who meet NCCN criteria for very low- and low-risk forms of prostate cancer are almost invariably good candidates for initial management on active surveillance (i.e., just monitoring as opposed to immediate treatment). … READ MORE …