Prediction of potentially lethal forms of prostate cancer

An international, multi-institutional group of researchers appears to have been able to validate a new way to predict risk for aggressive forms of localized prostate cancer that have a high probability for progression to metastatic disease and prostate cancer-specific mortality. … READ MORE …

Liquid biopsies, ctDNA, and the diagnosis and management of cancers

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the College of Pathologists (CAP) have just issued a joint review of available information on clinical use of “liquid biopsies” to assess circulating levels of tumor DNA (ctDNA). … READ MORE …

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 …

Prevalence of DNA-repair germline mutations in men with metastatic prostate cancer

A new study in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine reports that DNA-repair germline mutations were found in nearly 12 percent of patients who had metastatic prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The accurate assessment of risk profiles among high-risk prostate cancer patients

A key question in management of prostate cancer is the risk that a particular patient has disease — at the time of diagnosis — that will progress over time to become metastatic. The ability to answer this question with accuracy is fundamental to the need for aggressive, early treatment. … READ MORE …

Just how helpful is personalized genomic analysis anyway?

Regular readers of the medical science literature will be very conscious of the emphasis on genomic analysis of tumor specimens as a way to try to “personalize” treatment of cancers of many types — prostate cancer very specifically included. … READ MORE …

cfDNA from blood samples as a way to measure prostate cancer risk

According to a new article in the journal Clinical Chemistry, an international research team believes they have found a completely new way to test for risk of prostate cancer by measuring tumor-specific, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in blood samples (serum and plasma). … READ MORE …