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What You Need to Know About Xgeva or Denosumab

Xgeva, also known as denosumab, is an injectable medication (injected once a month subcutaneously under the skin in the doctor’s office) that is used to prevent bone fractures and spinal cord compression caused by bone metastases in breast and prostate cancer survivors. Solid tumors in the bone, which is a common site for individuals with [...]

Skeletal Events and the Treatment of Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Many of our doctors are constantly vigilant about our developing skeletal related issues.   Having advanced prostate cancer and receiving treatment for this disease increases our odds of developing skeletal issues which affect both our quality of life and our mortality. Drugs like denosumab (Xgeva) and zoledronic acid (Zometa) are important in delaying the onset of [...]

What you Need to Know About Denosumab (Xgeva)

Xgeva is used in men with advanced and metastatic prostate cancer with bone metastases for the prevention of developing additional skeletal-related events (not to be confused with bone mineral density). In a phase 3 trial, the 147 Study, evaluating denosumab (Xgeva) versus placebo 1,432 men with castrate-resistant prostate cancer demonstrated that Xgeva improved median bone [...]

Denosumab is Superior to Zoledronic Acid (ZA) for Pain Interference and Quality of Life

Men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and bone metastases (BM) will eventually develop debilitating pain that impacts daily functioning and diminishes their quality of life. Based on prior studies, including a phase III trial, the superiority of denosumab over zoledronic acid (ZA) in delaying or preventing skeletal-related events (pathological fracture, radiation or surgery to the [...]

Denosumab or Zoledronic Acid – Which is Superior for Pain Interference and Improving Quality of Life?

Men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and bone metastases (BM) will often have debilitating pain that impacts every aspect of their daily functioning thus significantly diminishing their quality of life (QoL). Finding the best drug or treatment to control the pain will allow men to have a more complete and fulfilling life as well as [...]

Denosumab for the Prevention of Skeletal Events in Men with Castration-Resistant Advanced Prostate Cancer

From: the 2014 ASCO GU Meeting Abstract No: 35 Researchers have found in a randomized controlled trial of men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) the use of the treatment denosumab was superior to the more commonly used zoledronic acid (ZA) for reducing skeletal-related events (SRE). SREs are defined as a pathological fracture, surgery or [...]

How Long Is It Safe to Take Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis? Long Term Bisphosphonate Therapy Increases the Risk for Serious Fractures of the Femur

A John’s Hopkins Health Alert titled “How Long Is It Safe to Take Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis?” Should Raise Some Concerns Men on Long Term Bisphosphonate Therapy Hormone therapy (ADT) is notorious for many negative side effects, including osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone that increases the risk for fractures, especially hip and spine fractures.  [...]

Bone Disease in Men with Prostate Cancer Needs Constant Monitoring

The number of cancer survivors is increasing, soon to be as many of 13 million of us in the world! Bones are often affected in cancer survivors, usually a result of bone metastases, or of anti-cancer therapies which can contribute to bone loss and fragility. Bone disease in cancer survivors can result both from the [...]

Using Denosumab (Xgeva) To Combat Skeletal Complications in Prostate Cancer

Xgeva is a monoclonal antibody that inactivates RANKL, a protein that enhances osteoclast activity and survival. By inhibiting RANKL, Xgeva prevents skeletal-related events in men with bone metastasis from prostate cancer. Under no circumstances should a man who also has multiple myeloma use Xgeva. There have been studies that compared Xgeva to zolendronic acid (Zometa). [...]

Xgeva (Denosumab) Rejected By the FDA for Use in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer Who Do Not have Bone Mets

Xgeva (denosumab), which has already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention fractures in men with advanced prostate cancer that has already migrated to the bone, has been rejected by the FDA to expand the use of the drug to delay the spread of tumors in men without metastases to [...]

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