Vaccine Therapy for Patients with Progressive Stage D0 Prostate Cancer

In yesterday’s post, Provenge, Its Future & A Clinical Trail Alternative for Men with Hormone Dependent Prostate Cancer, I said that I attempted to get into a vaccine trial, but was rejected because I have a history of an autoimmune disease and I have had evidence of some lymph node involvement (stage D1). I want [...]

Some Findings From The Early Study of Provenge in Men with Early Stage Recurrent Prostate Cancer

There was just a release of some of the data from the on-going review sipuleucel-T, or Provenge, in men with early stage recurrent prostate cancer who have a rising serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) level, but who have not yet developed metastatic prostate cancer. The data wes presented by Oregon Health & Realm University Cancer [...]

Data Released to the Investors of Dendreon A Head of the AUA Meeting

Prior to the AUA meeting Dendreon released the following to its investors. We will now wait to see what transpires at the AUA meeting which is scheduled to be held in one and a half hours from my posting this. Joel T Nowak MA, MSW – Data Presented at AUA Demonstrate PROVENGE Significantly Prolongs Survival [...]

Waiting On the Side Line with Crossed Fingures and A Prayer

I don't know about you, but I am waiting very anxiously for today's presentation at the AUA conference from Dendreon about Provenge. It is an absolute shame that we have been put into the position that we needed to wait for more men to die before moving ahead. I am concerned that all of the [...]

About Provenge

As a follow up to yesterday's news about the positive results announced about Provenge, I have received a number of private emails asking questions about the treatment. I hope that the following will answer many of the questions people might still have about Provenge. • The other name for Provenge is sipuleucel-T. • Provenge is [...]

PROVENGE Significantly Prolongs Survival in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer in Pivotal Phase 3 IMPACT Study

What great news has greeted us today. We can now hope that the FDA will quickly approve Provenge and we can get this sorely needed treatment ASAP. If Provenge gets approval from the FDA it will be the first cancer vaccine ever approved. Sadly it will be only the second approved treatment for prostate cancer! [...]

Dendreon Announces Positive Interim Data from Phase 3 PROVENGE IMPACT Trial

At 9 am this morning, Dendreon Corporation (Nasdaq: DNDN) announced the long awaited interim analysis of the Phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled IMPACT (Immunotherapy for Prostate AdenoCarcinoma Treatment, also known as D9902B). The clinical trial is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of the investigational active cellular immunotherapy Provenge® (sipuleucel-T) in men with metastatic [...]

First Cancer Vaccine Approved In Russia

When I provided testimony at the FDA in support of the application for approval of the vaccine Provenge®, I had the opportunity of meeting some of the representatives of the biotech company Antigenics (AGEN). Since I am also a renal cancer survivor they initially approached me asking if I would be willing to meet them [...]

GVAX, A Potential Immunotherapy May Be On The Horizon

I want to apologize because I have not posted anything in the last few days. I thank the few people who sent an e-mail expressing concern. On Friday evening I flew to San Diego with my wife to participate in the American Association of Cancer Researchers (AACR) Scientist-Survivor program. It is a really fantastic program [...]