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Ask For a Blood test to identify AR-V7 in Circulating Tumor Cells if you are starting Xtandi or Zytiga

One of the hot topics in the prostate cancer community is the value of detecting AR-V7 tumor cells circulating in the blood. AR-V7 tumor cells in the blood predicts response or failure of treatment with enzalutamide (Xtandi) or abiraterone (Zytiga). A recent study found that men who have AR-V7 circulating tumor cells in their blood will not [...]

Xtandi In Combination with Zytiga Is Not Better Than Either Drug Alone

A late-stage clinical trial designed to see if Xtandi in addition to Zytiga along with a steroid worked any better than either of these drugs separately (combining them v sequencing them) in men with advanced prostate cancer whose disease had worsened it was concluded that the combination was not superior to the individual drugs. This [...]

CVS Removes Xtandi From Its Formulary List – They Will Not Pay!

CVS Health, a major retail pharmaceutical insurer and supplier has raised some consternation and concerns and it should also raise yours. Last Tuesday, CVS rolled out their 2017 formulary list that left off the some of the world’s top-selling drugs including a vital castrate resistant prostate cancer drug. The pharmacy benefits manager removed from their [...]

Abiraterone And Enzalutamide Effect Cognitive Impairment and Depression in Men With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC)

Speaking with men who have taken abiraterone (Zytiga, ABI) and enzalutamide (Xtandi, ENZA), at Malecare we sometimes hear reports of both cognitive and mood changes brought on by these two drugs. Evaluating these two problematic side effects researchers have confirmed our experience, both of these drugs can cause these symptoms and that more men reported [...]

An Independent Prognostic Tool For Men With Metastatic Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer Taking The Newer Drugs

We have a number of newer hormone pathway drugs now available to treat men with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Researchers have shown that prostate specific antigen (PSA) response can be used as a pharmaco-dynamic end-point that may help identify men with early resistance to these new drugs. They found that there is clinical [...]

Xtandi Vs Zytiga

The phase III trials for both Xtandi and Zytiga were similar. Both trials investigated men who progressed or died against placebo. Only 14% of men taking Xtandi during the trial progressed or died compared to 40% of the men in the placebo group. In the phase III trial of Zytiga 28% of the men [...]

Enzalutamide Is Good For Older Patients With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Once a clinical trial has been completed, especially when the trial is positive, researchers will “data mine” the published information. The published results provide additional opportunities to evaluate the data in different ways than the trial was originally designed. This new data can be very interesting and informative, however it also needs to be considered [...]

On The Horizon – Tests That Can Inform Us If A Drug Will Work Before We Take The Drug

We have become very fortunate over the last 6 years because our arsenal of potential drugs to treat advanced, metastatic prostate cancer has grown. All of our new drugs extend life and most offer palliation of pain. As I have discussed in prior posts we are still in a quandary about how best to sequence [...]

The PREVAIL Trial Shows That Enzalutamide Not Only Increases Overall Survival Over Placebo, It Also Delays the Onset Of The First Skeletal Event

Analysis of the PREVAIL Trial showed that Enzalutamide (Xtandi) significantly increased overall survival and radiographic progression-free survival compared with placebo in men with prostate cancer who were asymptomatic and minimally symptomatic, chemotherapy-naive and who had metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Now, an additional analysis of the data has shown the effect enzalutamide also has on [...]

Coming Back to Continue the Blog and New Data Disclosed on Enzalutamide at the Plenary Session at the 2015 European Association of Urology Congress

Before I get into the meat of today’s post about enzalutamide, I want to briefly make some personal comments about my absence from this blog. As I had mentioned I have been diagnosed with a fifth primary cancer, appendiceal cancer. It is a rare cancer, which required my having to remove my appendix, a piece [...]

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