On The Horizon

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Radioligand Therapy With 177Lu-PSMA-617 – A Novel Therapeutic Possibility on the Horizon in Men With Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer.

We are seeing more and more novel therapies being developed to treat castrate resistant metastatic prostate cancer (mCRPC). One such therapy involves theranostic (individualized therapies for various diseases, and to combine diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities into a single agent) concepts using radiolabeled ligands of the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA). In a recent study, designed to [...]

Green Is The Color To Be – Nano-Particle That Will Reveal in Real Time That Our Cancer Treatment Is Working

Not yet in prime time, but hopefully soon to begin in human trials is a simple, but possibly very powerful use of nano-particles that could immediately reveal if our individual chemotherapy or immunotherapy is effective. Not all therapies are effective for each of us and knowing quickly if a therapy is working for any individual [...]

More From ASCO GU 2016 – ExoDx™ Prostate(IntelliScore): A More Precise, Genetically Informed Prostate Cancer Test from a Simple Urine Sample

The constant hope and conversation of late has surrounded what is referred to as a liquid biopsy. The hope and goal is to no longer need to have an invasive needle biopsy to diagnose and stage prostate cancer. Biopsies are not accurate because there are too many false negatives, they only evaluate the actual tissue [...]

CTC Heterogeneity Predicts Prostate Cancer Drug Sensitivity

This afternoon I am off to the American Society for Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) in San Francisco. There has already been some information leaking to the media about some of the presentations that will be going on at the conference. One such “leak” is about  findings from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center [...]

On The Horizon – Tests That Can Inform Us If A Drug Will Work Before We Take The Drug

We have become very fortunate over the last 6 years because our arsenal of potential drugs to treat advanced, metastatic prostate cancer has grown. All of our new drugs extend life and most offer palliation of pain. As I have discussed in prior posts we are still in a quandary about how best to sequence [...]

On The Horizon – Tasquinimod – Immunotherapy & An Anti-Angiogenic Agent

In my commitment to report “On the Horizon” treatments for advanced prostate cancer today I will discuss an investigational treatment known as Tasquinimod. It is an experimental treatment that is both an immunotherapy and anti-angiogenic agent (designed to prevent the development of blood vesicles which would feed a tumor allowing its growth). In phase 2 [...]

Detecting Prostate Cancer Cells in Blood Can Give An Early Warning of Treatment Failure and Shorten Clinical Trials

There is more evidence that the blood test used to count the number of cells circulating in the blood and shed from prostate tumors (circulating tumor cells or CTCs) can indicate whether a treatment is working or not working. A major new study showed that the number of these circulating tumor cells in the blood [...]

Prostvac In Combination With Yervoy Yields A Survival Advantage

There is some really exciting news on the horizon around immunotherapy for advanced prostate cancer. Bavarian Nordic, the pharmaseutical company that has, along with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), been running clinical trials on Prostvac has unoffically let it been known that Prostvac when combined with another investigational immunologic therapy, Yervoy, has helped to significantly [...]

On the Horizon – Circulating Tumor Cells in the Clinic – We are Waiting

It isn’t here yet, but it very much is here! What am I talking about? Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are going to become a clear winner for us as the concept of using them finds its way into commercialization. Metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) is difficult to evaluate using our less than stellar conventional [...]

Blocking Bone Metastases in Prostate Cancer by Using Approved HIV Drugs

Normally I don't write about pre-clinical things unless they are particularly interesting. You guessed it; I found a preclinical item that is interesting. According to a recent published study by Richard Pestell, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University the receptor CCR5, which is targeted by already approved [...]