RP vs. RT as first-line treatment for prostate cancer: that word “may” again

A newly published commentary on the CancerNetwork web site is entitled, “Radical prostatectomy as primary treatment for prostate cancer leads to better survival.” … READ MORE …

High-dose vitamin D: negative results from a randomized clinical trial

Data from a recently published, Canadian, clinical trial of high-dose vitamin D as a method to strengthen bones in healthy adults who do not have osteoporesis have had significant and unexpectedly negative results. … READ MORE …

Patient-reported outcomes and the management of prostate cancer

Andrew Vickers, PhD, who works at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, is not a physician. He is a statistician and a research methodologist. And he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink. … READ MORE …

ENZAMET trial results to be presented at ASCO

The results of the 1,125-patient, randomized, double-blind ENZAMET trial are to be reported in a late-breaking abstract at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago. … READ MORE …

Low-dose aspirin and prostate cancer-specific mortality

A newly published article — and an associated editorial — in the Annals of Internal Medicine has addressed the possible benefits of taking low-dose aspirin as a method to prevent the progression of newly diagnosed prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Positive outcomes for apalutamide in the treatment of mHSPC

According to a media release issued late yesterday by Johnson & Johnson, the combination of apalutamide (Erleada) + androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has met the primary study endpoints in the so-called TITAN trial. … READ MORE …

Is time to biochemical failure a good surrogate endpoint for overall survival?

For many years researchers have been trying to identify so-called “surrogate” endpoints that can be used to predict overall and prostate cancer-specific survival with high accuracy. … READ MORE …

Age-related risks of radical prostatectomy

It will hardly come as a surprise to most prostate cancer support group leaders and other prostate cancer advocates that there is a strong association between patient age and risk for side effects of radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Can MRI data improve decision-making about the need for a biopsy?

Last week we noted that adding MRI data to the Partin tables and to the Kattan/MSKCC nomograms did not seem to improve the accuracy of prognosis of outcomes after radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

ADT + enzalutamide in mHSPC … outcome of the ARCHES trial

Pfizer and Astellas have, this morning, announced that the addition of enzalutamide to standard androgen deprivation (ADT) has led to improved outcomes in men with metastatic, hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC). … READ MORE …

Pembrolizumab in treatment of advanced prostate cancer

We finally have some published data — albeit not a lot — on the use of one of the PD-1 inhibitors (pembrolizumab, also known as Keytruda) in the treatment of late-stage prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Statins and the treatment of mCRPC with chemotherapy

A report on the UroToday web site has addressed a presentation given this week at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich, Germany, that is relevant to the potential value of taking a statin while you are being treated for very late stage prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Examining “value” in the management of prostate cancer

Three new articles in the Journal of Oncology Practice take close look at the issue of risk/benefit and “value” in the management of prostate cancer today — and the management of advanced disease in particular. … READ MORE …

Effects of prazosin + radiation therapy on recurrence-free survival

The following was brought to our attention by Arthur as a consequence of a question posed on Ask Arthur by a reader within the past 24 hours. … READ MORE …

Three-year biochemical recurrence after Retzius-sparing RALP

Back in January this year we commented on a technique known as Retzius-sparing radical prostatectomy, which — according to its advocates — is said to facilitate recovery of erectile function post-surgery. … READ MORE …