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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 [...]

Radium-223 When Given In Combinations May Improve Survival in mCRPC

As I have said before, the next big step in the clinical care of men with prostate cancer will be in not in the development of a new drug, but in our growing knowledge of how to sequence and combine our new drugs. Today’s post provides just one example of this new type of breakthrough [...]

What You Need to Know About Xgeva or Denosumab

Xgeva, also known as denosumab, is an injectable medication (injected once a month subcutaneously under the skin in the doctor’s office) that is used to prevent bone fractures and spinal cord compression caused by bone metastases in breast and prostate cancer survivors. Solid tumors in the bone, which is a common site for individuals with [...]

Skeletal Events and the Treatment of Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Many of our doctors are constantly vigilant about our developing skeletal related issues.   Having advanced prostate cancer and receiving treatment for this disease increases our odds of developing skeletal issues which affect both our quality of life and our mortality. Drugs like denosumab (Xgeva) and zoledronic acid (Zometa) are important in delaying the onset of [...]

It Maybe Time To Change The Dosing Schedule Of Zoledronic Acid To Every 12 Weeks

In a presentation at the ASCO Annual Meeting,  Dr. Andrew Himelstein, MD, FACP of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, presented the results of a trial evaluating Zoledronic Acid (Zometa) at a dosing schedule of every 12 weeks as opposed to the current standard of care of every 4 weeks. The trial included [...]

Make Sure You Receive the Correct IV Treatment, Injection and Dosage

It is vital that you take an active role in making sure that you are going to receive the correct IV treatment and injections. Mistakes do happen, protect yourself. Make sure that you personally double check to confirm you're receiving the correct treatment. Don't sit back and rely on another person, errors do occur and [...]

Clinical Trial Evaluates Hormone Therapy With And Without Zoledronic Acid In Men With Prostate Cancer And Bone Metastases Who Are Treatment-Naïve

Zoledronic acid (ZA) is considered the standard of care to prevent skeletal-related events (SREs) in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer and bone metastases. The question that still remains is when to start the ZA. In a phase III clinical trial a total of 227 men with hormonal treatment-naïve prostate cancer and bone metastases were randomly [...]

Randy Sheffield Shares An Important Warning About ONJ

Randy Sheffield, a member of the Malecare Advanced Prostate Cancer Online support group recently has had his fight with advanced prostate cancer made even more complex when he developed Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). ONJ is an uncommon but terrible side effect of taking bisphosphonates. Randy wrote a warning to all the members of the [...]

The Well Reviewed Guide to Advanced Prostate Cancer (A Survivor Perspective) Has Been Updated and is Now Available for a free Download

Somehow I have been negligent and not let people know that I have written and posted a major update of my “Guide to Advanced Prostate Cancer.” As in the past, it is available as a free download from the Malecare web site. Helping me to update the book was prostate cancer survivor Craig Pynn and [...]

Can Chemotherapy (Docetaxel) Be Enhanced By Zoledronic Acid Pretreatment in Resistant Prostate Cancer Cells *

Docetaxel is the only globally approved first-line chemotherapy for the treatment of castrate resistant prostate cancer. Yhe universal truth is that all men taking docetaxel will become refractory to the treatment. Zoledronic acid (ZA) is the most commonly used member of nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate family. By itself it has anti-tumor activity, including in prostate cancer. In [...]