Zytiga (Abiraterone Acetate) Delays Pain Progression in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Data presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology annual congress in Vienna, Austria linked the delay of pain progression the functional decline of men with the newly approved drug Zytiga. The data was derived from an additional anaylisis of the phase 3 trial (COU-AA-302) that led to the FDA approval of Zytiga. The FDA [...]

Survival Advantage of Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga) in Men with Castrate Resistant Metastatic Advanced Prostate Cancer

We all know that abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) plus prednisone provides a survival advantage for men with castrate resistant advanced prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have had prior treatment with a taxane based chemotherapy. New information has shown that abiraterone acetate offers a somewhat longer overall survival benefit than the data originally presented when the trial halted [...]

Some Good News In England & Wales for Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

The National Health Service cost regulators for England and Wales have recommended the use of Zytiga in the treatment of men with castrate resistant advanced prostate cancer. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a final guidance endorsing Zytiga as an NHS treatment option for men with advanced, metastatic, castration resistant [...]

Zytiga – When Should We Discontinue Using It?

I have had a number of recent conversations with men with advanced prostate cancer who have been taking Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga). The question that comes up in regular conversation is about knowing when Zytiga has stopped working or when Zytiga should be discontinued. All the real guidance we have to answer this question comes from [...]

Zytiga in High Doses and Zytiga Combined with MDV3100 Increase the Length of Response Time In Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

According to recent trials led by The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) (UK) and The Royal Marsden (UK) combining Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) with the yet FDA unapproved investigational drug MDV3100 could increase the number of men, with advanced prostate cancer, who respond to treatment as well as the length of time they benefit. A new [...]

Early Zytiga & Prednisone Trial For Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer Is Un-blinded

In one of those situations when actual clinical practice precedes the normal drug development process a recent announcement from Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Johnson & Johnson) informs that they have un-blinded their Phase 3 study, COU-AA-302, which clearly demonstrates that Zytiga (abiraterone acetate), when taken with prednisone, is effective in treating both mildly symptomatic [...]

Attacking Androgen Receptor Signaling In Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer

Advanced prostate cancer eventually progresses and becomes castration resistant (CRPC) despite the fact that it is exquisitely sensitivity to androgen deprivation therapy. There has been recent evidence that prostate cancer progression at the CRPC stage is still mediated by androgen receptor signaling, so it seems that subsequent androgen receptor targeting may further contribute to disease [...]

Using Zytiga Prior to Chemotherapy, Is It A Good Idea?

It is interesting that Dr. S. Meyers just produced a video on the issue of using the newly approved drug Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) prior to chemotherapy instead of post-chemotherapy. I find it interesting because like him, I have been receiving a number of questions about this same issue. […]

Combining and Sequencing the New Prostate Cancer Drugs, Can It Improve Treatment Outcomes? – On the Horizon

There is good reason for guarded optimism among men with advanced prostate cancer. Over the last 2 years we have seen some significant movement with the development of new drugs and treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer. All of these drugs have demonstrated a survival advantage in their clinical trials. Each of the agents [...]

An Official Release of the Exciting Results of the Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga) Trial

Today’s big news is about a media release made yesterday by Centocor Ortho Biotech with the official and final results of the Phase III clinical trial of abiraterone acetate (Zytiga™) plus prednisone vs. prednisone alone in men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have already received at least one course of a docetaxel based [...]