For very high-risk patients, EBRT + BT is superior to surgery or EBRT only (redux)

In August last year, Kishan et al. showed a preliminary analysis of oncological outcomes among patients diagnosed with Gleason score 9 and 10 and treated with brachy boost therapy (EBRT + BT), external beam radiation therapy alone (EBRT), or surgery (see this link). … READ MORE …

Wotz goin’ on in Canada? And wotz “True Nth”?

So apparently Prostate Cancer Canada has been working (rather secretively) on a series of projects under the umbrella name of their “True Nth” initiative. But it’s a little difficult to work out quite what is encompassed by this initiative, which has been funded (at least in part) by Movember. … READ MORE …

Ac-225-PSMA-617 apparently extends survival of very late-stage patients: an update

The nuclear medicine group at the University of Heidelberg in Germany recently reported a complete response in two patients treated with Ac-225-PSMA-617 (see this link). … READ MORE …

ADT + sipuleucel-T in treatment of hormone-sensitive prostate cancer

One of the major unanswered questions at this time is whether immunotherapy of some type, if given early to patients with prostate cancer, can help to lower risk of progression of the disease. … READ MORE …

Predicting the future: what Genomic Health isn’t telling us (yet)

A media release issued  yesterday by Genomic Health, Inc., has suggested that the multi-gene Oncotype DX® Genomic Prostate Score™ is a strong predictor of risk for the development of metastasis and prostate cancer death in patients with early-stage prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

PORTOS: a gene signature that predicts salvage radiation success

Salvage radiation is curative in roughly half of all cases. There are many factors that contribute to an unfavorable prognosis, including waiting too long, high PSA and rapid PSA doubling time, adverse post-surgery pathology (stage, Gleason score, positive margins), and high Decipher or CAPRA-S scores. But, … READ MORE …

Early data from the PATCH trial in the UK

Since 2007 a randomized clinical trial in the UK (the so-called PATCH trial) has been comparing the effectiveness and safety of transdermal estradiol patches to implants of an LHRH receptor agonist (goserelin acetate) in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. … READ MORE …