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 [...]

Enzalutamide (Xtandi) Improves The Quality of Life As Well As Extending Life In Men With Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer

In clinical trials Enzalutamide (Xtandi) significantly increased the overall survival and radiographic progression-free survival of men when compared with placebo. The trial, called PREVAIL evaluated men who were asymptomatic and minimally symptomatic, chemotherapy-naive with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. The researchers expanded the data analysis and evaluated the effect of Xtandi on the men’s health-related quality [...]

We Need Your Story To Save The CDMRP – If You Have Benefitted From Xfigo, Xtandi or Zytiga Let Me Know

Most people don't know the many advances that the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (DOD PCRP) has brought to the PROSTATE CANCER COMMUNITY.  Did you know that the program is directly responsible for funding the initial development of three of the very new drugs we have available? The DOD PCRP is directly [...]

The PREVAIL Trial Shows That Enzalutamide Not Only Increases Overall Survival Over Placebo, It Also Delays the Onset Of The First Skeletal Event

Analysis of the PREVAIL Trial showed that Enzalutamide (Xtandi) significantly increased overall survival and radiographic progression-free survival compared with placebo in men with prostate cancer who were asymptomatic and minimally symptomatic, chemotherapy-naive and who had metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Now, an additional analysis of the data has shown the effect enzalutamide also has on [...]

The Development of A Novel Blood Biomarker for Detecting AR-V7 and Resistance to Zytiga and Xtandi

At the current AUA Annual Meeting going on in New Orleans, there was a presentation given by Haitao Zhang and colleagues. They described their work developing a novel blood-based assay (test) for detecting androgen receptor (AR) splice variants in men with advanced prostate cancer. Their work relies on the premise that AR-V7 expression underlies resistance [...]

Coming Back to Continue the Blog and New Data Disclosed on Enzalutamide at the Plenary Session at the 2015 European Association of Urology Congress

Before I get into the meat of today’s post about enzalutamide, I want to briefly make some personal comments about my absence from this blog. As I had mentioned I have been diagnosed with a fifth primary cancer, appendiceal cancer. It is a rare cancer, which required my having to remove my appendix, a piece [...]

*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 [...]

Surprise: High-Dose Testosterone Therapy Might Help Some Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

There has been some surprising and unexpected news recently reported by John’s Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Testosterone, which is believed to be a feeder of prostate cancer has been found to also suppress some advanced prostate cancers and also may reverse resistance the to the testosterone-blocking drugs (ADT) used to treat advanced prostate cancer. The [...]

Europe Awaits Xtandi – A Positive CHMP Opinion on the Clearance of Enzalutamide In the Pre-Chemotherapy Stage of Prostate Cancer

Some good news for my European brothers, the European Medicines Agency Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has adapted a positive opinion in support of the label expansion of enzalutamide (XTANDI) to include the treatment of men with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (MCRPC) who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic after the failure [...]

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 [...]