Quality Control Of Xofigo – Confirming That Intravenous Radium-223 Actually Becomes Systemic and Doesn’t Leak At The Injection Site

Radium-223 dichloride (Xofigo) has been approved as an intravenous radiotherapy for men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) who have multiple osseous (bone) metastases. Most often, it is used in men who have too many metastases to treat with spot radiation. Xofigo works by mimicking calcium that is attracted to bones. To be successful the drug [...]

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 [...]

Phase II Study of Nitric Oxide for Men with Increasing PSAs After Primary Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer after primary therapy (PSA only) remains a significant problem.   Deciding on the best treatment options for men who have failed primary therapy without documented evidence of metastatic disease remains limited and controversial. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), the usual next step for biochemical recurrence does prolong the time to further disease [...]

Unlocking the Genetic Code of Prostate Cancer for Better Treatments

Yesterdays Wall Street Journal publish a very important piece by Melinda Beck in their Health Journal ( . Everyone should go to the piece and read it. The piece, The Prostate Cancer Quandary, has received some play in the prostate community, but its real importance to us has not yet been recognized by our community [...]

HIFU For The Treatment Of Recurrent Prostate Cancer Post Failed Radiotherapy

What are you going to do if you have had radiation therapy as a primary prostate cancer therapy and the cancer has reoccurred? If the disease has remained in the prostate gland some men are able to go back and have surgery, but the condition the gland has been left in post radiation makes it [...]

Prostate Cancer Test Improves Prediction Of Disease Course- So Why Isn’t It Used?

In June of 2009 a team at UCSF Department of Urology announced a new prostate cancer risk assessment test that they claim can provide men and their doctors a better way of gauging long-term risks and pinpointing high risk cases of prostate cancer. The test, as indicated by the researchers, proved accurate in predicting bone [...]

Analyzing Prostate Cancer Using the CTC-Chip – Insights into the Prognosis of Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Using a CTC-chip that measures the level of circulating tumor cells in blood can provide an important insight into the prognosis and potential rates of recurrent disease, according to data from a developing study at Massachusetts General Hospital, which was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 101st Annual Meeting 2010. […]

A Phase I Clinical Trial of DPX-0907 for Advanced Prostate Cancer

As you already know, I am very interested and a strong believer in the future of immunologic therapy. I have written extensively about Provenge and last week I told you about a phase I clinical trial of a Vaccine Therapy for men with progressive stage D0 (non-metastatic) prostate cancer. ( I want to now let [...]

PET/CT Scans May Help Detect Recurring Prostate Cancer Earlier

The September issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine published a study that shows that positron emission tomography (PET)/computer tomography (CT) scans using the imaging agent choline could detect recurring prostate cancer sooner than conventional imaging technologies in some patients who have had their prostates surgically removed. Men who elect to have a radical prostatectomy [...]

Stromal Biomarker Appears to Predict Advanced Prostate Cancer

The absence of a stromal protein called caveolin-1 appears to be a marker for advanced prostate cancer and for metastasis, researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and Harvard Medical School reported in "Cell Cycle." Caveolin-1 has already been shown to be a good biomarker serving as a prognostic factor for breast cancer. The [...]

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