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What is the Actual Clinical Benefit of Using Low Dose Prednisone Along with Prostate Cancer Chemotherapy with Docetaxel?

Randomized trials have clearly demonstrated that when low dose Prednisone (P) is combined with docetaxel chemotherapy (D) to treat prostate cancer there is a survival benefit. What is the role of the prednisone and does it actually provide any additional benefit to the docetaxel treatment itself? To answer this question a retrospective study was performed [...]

Using Low Dose Prednisone in First-Line Docetaxel Treatment Improves The Quality of Life (QoL) For Men With Prostate Cancer

Clinical trials are used to both demonstrate that a drug or treatment has efficacy (extends life or improves the quality of life). They also are used as the vehicle to obtain approval from the governmental body responsible for monitoring and approving their use. How the trial is set up will directly dictate the eventual approved [...]

Is There A Clinical Benefit Derived From Using Low Dose Prednisone With First Line Docetaxel Treatment In Men With Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer?

There have been some randomized studies that have shown that when prednisone is used in combination with docetaxel (chemotherapy) there is an improved survival in men who have metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). To add to our understanding of the possible clinical value of this combination of drugs some researchers have retrospectively evaluated whether the [...]

The Question, When to Use A Treatment & What Drugs Should Be Combined?

The approval of Provenge has once again brought to the forefront the very important questions about the proper timing of treatments as well as the issue concerning how to combine therapies to maximize survival. We have, although there numbers are limited, different treatments that are used for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer, but we [...]

Estramustine Plus Docetaxel After A Vacation as Second-Line Therapy in Patients with Hormone-Refractory Prostate Cancer Resistant to Docetaxel

What is left for us once we become resistant to docetaxel (DOC) plus prednisone, which is the last FDA approved, standard of care treatment available for advanced hormone refractory prostate cancer? There has been some studies that indicate after a “vacation period” similar to what many of us do with a first line hormone blockade, [...]

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