Statins Might Inhibit Prostate Cancer from Invading Bones

One of the more recent conversations surrounding prostate cancer treatment that we have been hearing involves the use of the anti-cholesterol drugs or statins.   The conversation, whether or not statins might be a good treatment option for men with both localized disease and as an alternative to hormone treatment (ADT) for men with advanced prostate [...]

On The Horizon – Galetrone (TOK-001) for Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

It is probably still years off, but it is worth watching. Galetrone (TOK-001) has just completed phase II trials with the results scheduled to be released at ASCO-GU at the end of the month. I will be attending this conference and will be present for their presentation and report it to you from the conference. [...]

On The Horizon- Tasquinimo, A Potential New Therapy You Will Probably Be Hearing More About for Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer

According to an analysis led by the Duke Cancer Institute, tasquinimo, an investigational prostate cancer treatment slows disease progression and may also increase survival, especially among men whose cancer has spread to the bones. This study that was published on Nov. 19, 2013, in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, shows that long-term survival and safety [...]

On the Horizon – Many More Novel Drugs for the Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer

There have been many potential targets identified for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Many of these targets are being actively explored with clinical trials designed to test some inhibitors of the targets. Antisense oligonucleotides (OGX-011) targets clusterin, a chaperone protein and OGX-427 which targets heat-shock protein 27 are among the inhibitors being evaluated. OGX-011 [...]

On the Horizon – Targeting Bones in the Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer

Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are the process that the body uses to breakdown old bone and then to rebuild it with new bone. c-Met is a tyrosine kinase expressed by osteoblasts and osteoclasts, and overexpressed by prostate cancer cells. This over expression leads to the eventual development of bone metastases. The experimental treatment known as Cabozantinib [...]

Statin Use And Better Prostate Cancer Outcomes

Not approved, not even tested with an appropriate clinical trial, but research has again shown that the use of statins in men with prostate cancer may have a lower risk of dying from the cancer than those who do not. In a study of 1,001 prostate cancer patients who were diagnosed between 2002 and 2005, [...]

On The Horizon- MRI Guided Ultrasound Ablation of Prostate Cancer Tumors

In 1999 there was a new company started, InSightec, when GE Healthcare and Elbit Medical imaging joined their technologies to develop and manufacture non-invasive magnetic resonance (MRI) guided focused ultrasound technologies. The company has been in the process of developing a system that combines MRIs with ultrasound to non-surgically destroy fibroids and tumors. The company [...]

An Alternative to Radiation for Pain Relief Of Painful Bone And Soft-Tissue Tumors – Microwave Ablation

Currently as our advanced prostate cancer progresses and we develop bone and soft tissue tumors our pain increases significantly. Current treatment options for the palliation of this pain includes painkillers (including opioids and methadone), radiation and in rare incidents surgery. All of these options have significant limitations. Drugs eventually become less effective, especially for breakout [...]

On the Horizon- A Better ADT Treatment with Less Side Effects

GTx Inc. had a poster honored as one of the best posters at the 28th Annual European Association of Urology Congress held in Milan Italy March 15 2013. The poster presentation which had the very long title of “GTx-758 an ERa Agonist Reduces Serum Free Testosterone Lower than can be Achieved by Leuprolide with a [...]

Sequencing Xtandi – Possibly the ADT of the Future? An Interview with Dr. Bertrand Tombal

There was a recent interview in the Pharma Strategy Blog with Dr. Bertrand Tombal , an academic urologist in Belgium. Dr. Tomal discussed several of the new advances in the treatment od advanced prostate cancer with an emphasis on the potential future of Enzalutamide (Xtandi). Like bicalutamide (Casodex), Xtandi works by blocking (inhibiting) testosterone from [...]