Some Tricks To Help You Maintain Adequate Nutrition When On Chemotherapy

Having chemotherapy causes all sorts of strains and difficulties. One almost universal side effect from chemotherapy is the difficulty many of us face in getting enough nutrition. Nutrition comes from eating food yet many of us just don't feel hungry so eating is difficult. We lose our appetite, food tastes terrible and we battle nausea. [...]

Our New Therapies and the Development of Cross Resistance to these Drugs

Men with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) have become fortunate over the last few years as there we now have a number of new drugs available which can extend our life and can also have some palliative effects. However, as we have more treatments being approved, we find that we are faced with a [...]

Combination Chemotherapy Treatments Maybe More Effective Than Each Drug In Sequence

According to a news release from MD Anderson they have recently completed a study that shows that combining two separate chemotherapy agents is more effective than sequencing them one after another. The current standard of care for the cytotoxic chemotherapy agents used to treat prostate cancer is to treat men with advanced metastatic castration-resistant prostate [...]

Evaluating The Side Effects Of Docetaxel (Taxotere) vs Cabazitaxel (Jevtana)

Many men express great hesitation to move to chemotherapy with both docetaxel (taxotere) and cabazitaxel (Jevtana) because of the side effects which can include alopecia (hair loss), nail changes, neuropathy, and dysgeusia (a distortion of the sense of taste). A group of researchers hypothesized that the adverse side effects (AE) of these two chemotherapy drugs, [...]

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 [...]

Is Cabazitaxel Before Docetaxel The Future Way To Go? *

Chemotherapy for prostate cancer is still limited to just two drugs, docetaxel (Taxotere) and cabazitaxel (Jevtana). Both of these chemotherapy drugs are taxanes, but they seem to be very different in their mode of action. A study published online in Clinical Cancer Research, indicates that cabazitaxel might be more effective for some men than docetaxel. [...]

*After the Failure of Docetaxel Is There A Best Sequence For Other Treatments?: Results of an Italian Multicenter Study

As we all know there are now a number of new drugs available to treat castrate resistant metastatic prostate cancer (mCRPC). The availability of these new drugs (abiraterone acetate aka Zytiga, cabazitaxel aka Jevtana, and enzalutamide aka Xtandi) for use in men with mCRPC after the failure of chemotherapy (with docetaxel) has opened a number [...]

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 [...]

Results of the Earl Access Trial of Enzalutamide Leading to the FDA Approval

Malecare was actively involved, along with its partners, in setting up the early access trial for enzalutamide (Xtandi).  The trial was conducted after the final Phase 3 AFFIRM trial that was eventually used to obtain FDA approval had been stopped, but before the FDA and received the final submission of the data.  Given the significant [...]

Duration of Response to Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) and Efficacy of Secondary ADT, Docetaxel and Cabazitaxel in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Men who become castrate resistant in less than 12 months from starting androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) were found to have poor efficacy with a 2nd line of ADT.  However, the development of early castrate resistance did not impair the benefit of any of the docetaxel based chemotherapy. Researchers examined the records of 132 consecutive men [...]