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Ask For a Blood test to identify AR-V7 in Circulating Tumor Cells if you are starting Xtandi or Zytiga

One of the hot topics in the prostate cancer community is the value of detecting AR-V7 tumor cells circulating in the blood. AR-V7 tumor cells in the blood predicts response or failure of treatment with enzalutamide (Xtandi) or abiraterone (Zytiga). A recent study found that men who have AR-V7 circulating tumor cells in their blood will not [...]

Is Alkaline Phosphatase A Bio-Marker To Predict PSA Decline And Clinical Benefit From Abiraterone Acetate in Bone Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

Again and again I have mentioned the huge need we have for the development of reliable bio-markers. Reliable bio-markers will allow us to know which men will respond positively to a treatment (also those who will not) and when a treatment is still effective (also when it no longer is effective). These biomarkers really don’t [...]

Some Factors That Might Be Predictors of the Duration of Abiraterone Acetate in Men with Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Being able to make better decisions about drug sequencing and combinations has become one of the current hot topics in prostate cancer research. Given that we have a number of newer drugs to use this is an important clinical issue as we make important treatment decisions. Making these clinical decisions is tough.  The fact is [...]

Abiraterone And Enzalutamide Effect Cognitive Impairment and Depression in Men With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC)

Speaking with men who have taken abiraterone (Zytiga, ABI) and enzalutamide (Xtandi, ENZA), at Malecare we sometimes hear reports of both cognitive and mood changes brought on by these two drugs. Evaluating these two problematic side effects researchers have confirmed our experience, both of these drugs can cause these symptoms and that more men reported [...]

Real Life Issues About Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga) Prior to Chemotherapy – Unanticipated Real-World Clinical Experience Worth Noting

Researchers in Hong Kong wanted to confirm the efficacy of abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) used prior to chemotherapy that had been shown in the trial setting. In their analysis they came up short; raising some very significant concerns about Zytiga’s efficacy when used prior to chemotherapy. They reviewed the clinical records of men with metastatic castrate [...]

A Small Analysis of Abiraterone Responses in African American Men with Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

Presented at ASCO GU by Stolten and colleagues was abstract 244 that described the responses African American men had to abiraterone (Zytiga) in a retrospective cohort study of men seen at a single institution.  Stolten included differences in the men including their age at diagnosis, prior enzalutamide (Xtandi) and/or docetaxel (chemotherapy) use, as well as [...]

REVIEW – Statins Boost Abiraterone (Zytiga) Activity in Prostate Cancer

Another piece of information from the recent ASCO GU conference in San Francisco Researchers have found that adding statin drugs may prolong the sensitivity of abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) To assess the effect of statins on abiraterone therapy, Dr Harshman, of the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology at Dana-Farber [...]

Initial Gleason Score Does Not Impact Abiraterone (Zytiga) Benefit in Prostate Cancer

Clinical trials have shown that there is an overall survival and radiographic progression-free survival benefit derived from abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) in the treatment of men with metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). A new retrospective study published online, ahead of print, shows this trend is true regardless of a man's Gleason score at diagnosis, despite [...]

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 [...]

Abiraterone Is Effective In Men Over 75 Years Who Are Chemotherapy-Naive And Have mCRPC

We know that Abiraterone (Zytiga) extends life, but we also know that its side effects can be harsh, especially in elderly men (men over 75 years). We also know that men with metastatic, castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) have a limited potential life expectancy. Given these facts, it is important to know if, despite being [...]

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