Understanding Advanced Prostate Cancer

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A Brief Update of the Current Landscape of Bone Targeted Therapies for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer tends to metastasize to bones as opposed to soft tissue and other organs.   We have no idea why it does have a preference for bone, but it does. Developing bone metastases in prostrate cancer is a very strong negative prognostic indicator. Prostate cancer’s tendency to favor bone over soft tissue causes significant morbidity [...]

Efficacy of Enzalutamide in Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer in Men with Visceral Metastases

We know that men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) and visceral metastases have a worse prognosis than those with non-visceral metastases. The important question we need to understand is what, of our currently available treatments, might be effective for this more aggressive and deadly type of prostate cancer? Results of the phase 3 AFFIRM [...]

Some Factors That Might Be Predictors of the Duration of Abiraterone Acetate in Men with Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Being able to make better decisions about drug sequencing and combinations has become one of the current hot topics in prostate cancer research. Given that we have a number of newer drugs to use this is an important clinical issue as we make important treatment decisions. Making these clinical decisions is tough.  The fact is [...]

Flawed Study Shows A Sharp Rise in Advanced Prostate Cancer

Yesterday’s post described research performed at Northwestern University that found a sharp increase in the number of men diagnosed with advanced aggressive prostate cancer between 2004 and 2013. The research interpretation raised the possibility that the United States Preventive Task Force (USPTF) decision to recommend against the use of the PSA test for prostate cancer [...]

Reporting A Concerning Increase In The Number Of Men Diagnosed With Advanced Prostate Cancer

According to information from a published report from the Tuesday, July 19, 2016 edition of HealthDay News, there has been an explosion of new cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States. They reported on a study using data on nearly 800,000 men listed in the National Cancer Data Base who had been diagnosed [...]

Abiraterone And Enzalutamide Effect Cognitive Impairment and Depression in Men With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC)

Speaking with men who have taken abiraterone (Zytiga, ABI) and enzalutamide (Xtandi, ENZA), at Malecare we sometimes hear reports of both cognitive and mood changes brought on by these two drugs. Evaluating these two problematic side effects researchers have confirmed our experience, both of these drugs can cause these symptoms and that more men reported [...]

A Prospective Evaluation Of The Health Related Quality of Life In Men Receiving Primary and Secondary Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Men with both high risk and intermediate risk prostate cancer will receive primary treatment and many also receive a second line of treatment. In a study that was designed to assess the impact of receiving both first and second line treatment on a man’s Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL), researchers determined that men who [...]

Be Cautious Taking Megace To Treat Hormone Therapy Hot Flashes

When taking hormone therapy (ADT) each of us experiences different side effects and each of us experiences them differently.  Anyone experiencing hot flashes, probably the most commonly reported side effect of ADT during hormone therapy (ADT) knows how difficult, embarrassing and uncomfortable they can become as you go through your life. Some men, who find [...]

Genetic Biomarker Predicts Peripheral Neuropathy Associated With Docetaxel Chemotherapy For Prostate Cancer

According to researchers at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, men with a mutation in their VAC14 gene are more susceptible to Docetaxil chemotherapy induced neuropathy and nerve pain. This debilitating side effect results from damage to the peripheral nerves and is felt by the man as weakness, numbness and pain most [...]

An Independent Prognostic Tool For Men With Metastatic Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer Taking The Newer Drugs

We have a number of newer hormone pathway drugs now available to treat men with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Researchers have shown that prostate specific antigen (PSA) response can be used as a pharmaco-dynamic end-point that may help identify men with early resistance to these new drugs. They found that there is clinical [...]