Understanding APC

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An Evaluation of Testosterone Flare During a Transition from Degarelix to Leuprolide in Men on ADT *

Many men with advanced prostate cancer who are on hormone therapy (ADT) use one of the newer drugs, degarelix (Firmagon) to achieve a state of castration. Degarelix is considered a superior drug for initiating ADT because it is not accompanied with a PSA flare that is common with the older luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists [...]

For Caregivers – Common Signs of Impending Cancer Death

Advanced Prostate cancer will eventually lead to our death. This is a sad truth that I know we all are very aware. In a study published Monday online in Cancer, researchers identify “eight specific physical signs” indicating a patient “with advanced cancer is entering the last days of life.” The signs that were identified were [...]

*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 [...]

Understanding the Complexities of Bone Metastases in Prostate Cancer

Our bones operate in a balanced and dynamic system, which in the normal situation keep them strong. Bones are constantly being eliminated and then remade to keep them healthy and read to support our frame. This normal process involves two major kinds of bone cells that work together, in balance, to keep bones healthy and [...]

Radiologic Progression Free Survival Might Predict Treatment Response and Survival

In a recent publication it was suggested that radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) was highly consistent and highly associated with overall survival. This reproducible quantitative find could have implications for the interim measurement of treatment response in future studies, according to Dr. Michael J. Morris of Memorial Sloan [...]

Liver Metastases and ECF – A Possible Treatment In A Not Good Situation

Liver metastases are uncommon in men with castrate resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Having liver metastases is associated with more serious disease and shorter survival. How to treat men with liver metastases is still not very clear. It is felt that more active treatment might benefit these men. A standard regimen for treating gastric cancer is [...]

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 [...]

PSA Doubling Time and Seminal Vesicle Invasion at the Time of Surgery Are Predictors for Successful Salvage Radiation

There was a recent Norwegian study which reviewed the impact of salvage external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) on post-prostatectomy patients. They evaluated long-term follow-up on biochemical-free recurrence (PSA only recurrence) (BFR) and metastatic-free survival. He study also described the pathological and clinical predictors of outcome. The study was conducted between 1987–2010. It included 76 men with [...]

Measuring the Efficacy of Salvage Radiation With and Without ADT *

A small study from one hospital in Norway has suggested that PSA doubling times after surgery may predict the value of salvage radiation therapy alone as a second line form of therapy. Servoll et al carried out a small retrospective analysis of data derived from 76 men treated by salvage external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) [...]