Metastasis-free survival as a surrogate endpoint in prostate cancer clinical trials

As many readers will have realized, the major regulatory authorities started, some time ago, to accept prostate cancer progression-free survival of differing types as a surrogate for overall survival in the approval of some drugs for the treatment of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The proposed, Finnish, ProScreen trial

A group of Finnish researchers have planned a new trial to investigate whether population-based screening for prostate cancer is justifiable if a mortality benefit can be proven with a substantial reduction in rates of over-treatment. … READ MORE …

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 …

Updated PIVOT data seem to support recent AUA/ASTRO/SUO guidelines

A new article in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine has given us follow-up data from the PIVOT trial of radical prostatectomy vs. simple observation in treatment of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

First US randomized clinical trial of oligometastasis-directed SBRT

In a recent commentary (see this link), we saw that some clinicians are making unsubstantiated claims of cancer control from treatment of oligometastases (less than 5 detected metastases). … READ MORE …

This may be good news … or it may not …

Barvarian Nordic has again delayed (slightly) when they expect to have the initial results of the Phase III clinical trial of Prostvac in the treatment of metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). … READ MORE …

Two Phase III trials of PARP inhibitors in mCRPC

There are now two, ongoing, Phase III trials of PARP inhibitors in the treatment of eligible patients with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). … READ MORE …