INO-5150 in early treatment of biochemically recurrent prostate cancer

In 2015, Inovio Pharmaceuticals started a Phase I trial of INO-5150 — a new type of immunotherapy using a DNA vaccine for prostate cancer which targets both prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA). … READ MORE …

Genomic prediction of risk for biochemical relapse post-surgery

Yet another genetic/genomic test (this one developed by Metamark Genetics) may have value in the assessment of risk for biochemical progression after first-line surgery for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Not all men with Gleason 8-10 disease are going to do badly after treatment

There is a perception among a lot of patients — especially when they get diagnosed — that having a high Gleason score of 8, 9, or 10 is essentially a “death sentence”, regardless of how they get treated. … READ MORE …

Johns Hopkins: ultrasensitive PSA after surgery predicts biochemical relapse

We’ve looked at several retrospective studies this year that found that early ultrasensitive PSA (uPSA) results following surgery can reliably predict eventual biochemical relapse. Johns Hopkins examined its own database and found the same thing. … READ MORE …

Biochemical recurrence among pT2 patients with a positive surgical margin post-surgery

A new paper by a group of German researchers and clinicians has provided us with expanded insight into risk for biochemical recurrence for men with organ-confined prostate cancer and a positive surgical margin based on their post-surgical pathology report. … READ MORE …

Does use of PDE5 inhibitors post-treatment affect risk for biochemical recurrence?

A new article in the February 2015 of the Journal of Urology may actually tell us as much (or more) about the difficulties of relying on data from large, retrospective analyses of single institution data as it does about the actual issue references in the headline above. … READ MORE …

Modes of biochemical failure after primary radiation therapy may identify aggressive sub-types

The most widely used definition of biochemical failure after primary radiation therapy is the so-called “Phoenix” definition. It’s called that because it was adopted by consensus at a meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in Phoenix, AZ, in 2005. … READ MORE …