Expanding the Role of Radium-223 (Xofigo)

One of the newer drugs and one that has recently had great air play is the bone targeting radiopharmaceutical drug radium-223 or Xofigo. Currently, it is approved for men with castrate resistant prostate cancer with bone metastases. The problem is that currently Xofigo is only approved for one round of treatment using 6 monthly infusions. [...]

Chemotherapy After Radium-223 Appears to be Safe in Men with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

  Understanding how to best sequence and combine our new drugs to treat advanced prostate cancer includes the most discussed issue, efficacy. We want to know if a special order or a special combination of the approved drugs will nake a difference in both our quality of life (QoL) as well as how survival. Often [...]

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 [...]

Zytiga in Québec, Radium-223 in England & Lets Change Our Antiquated Approval Nonsense

Men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) in Québec, Canada now have access to Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) prior to having chemotherapy. Effective February 3, 2014, the province has added ZYTIGA to the public drug formulary for the treatment of mCRPC in men who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic after failure of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). [...]

Radium-223, An Alpha Emitter Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer Called A Breakthrough Treatment

In an interview about radium 223 with Medscape Medical News, Dr. Vapiwala pointed out that radium-223 is the first alpha-emitter to reach the market, and described it as a "breakthrough for radiopharmaceuticals" and "another breakthrough for prostate cancer," as it joins several other agents that have recently been approved for this disease. She characterized the [...]

Bayer Healthcare and Algeta Disappoint & Let Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer Down

The committee to start the early access clinical trials for drugs and treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer has been very hard at work. Based on the leadership and tenacity of Jan Manarite of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) we have managed to encourage, beg and cajole a number of pharmaceutical (pharma) companies [...]

From ASCO 2013 – Updated Analysis of radium-223 dichloride (Ra-223) impact on skeletal-related events (SRE) from the phase III randomized trial (ALSYMPCA).

Ra-223 (Alpharadin)is an alpha-pharmaceutical targeting bone metastases (mets) with high-energy, short-range (< 100 ?m) alpha-particles. Currently it has been submitted to the FDA for approval, which we hope will happen by August 2013. In the phase 3, double-blind, randomized, multinational ALSYMPCA study, Ra-223 significantly improved overall survival (OS) in men with castrate resistant advanced prostate [...]

Two New Sites Available for Early Access to Alpharadin

There are now two new, additional sites added to the Early Access Trial of the investigational treatment known as Radium-233 or Alpharadin for men with castrate resistant prostate cancer with multiple bone metastases. This post contains the most up to date and accurate information, the clinical trials.gov site is NOT currently accurate. Additionally, there are [...]

Radium-223 (Alpharedin) Improves Survival in Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer

At the October 28 meeting of the American Society for Radiation the final data from the ALSYMPCA trial were presented. The trial evaluated radium-223 (Alpharedin) in men with castrate-resistant prostate cancer that had spread to the bones. Alpharedin is part of a class of drugs called alpha-particle emitters that targets bone metastases. The good news [...]

Two Early Access Trials – 2 New sites for MDV-3100 & A New Early Access Trial for Radium-223 Chloride (Alpharedin)

There has been a lot of news in the area of early access for great drugs to treat advanced prostate cancer prior to the FDA’s approval. I have informed you about the Early Access Program for MDV-3100 in men with castrate resistant prostate cancer previously treated with a Docetaxel based chemotherapy agent. The latest news [...]