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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 respond to Xtandi or Zytiga and will live longer if treated with a taxane based chemotherapy (docetaxel) regimen. A study in JAMA Oncology, showed that evaluating for the presence of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) with AR-V7 could optimize treatment protocols. The study looked at 161 men with progressing metastatic castration-resistant [...]

Men Who Fail Primary Radiation Can Have Good Results After Salvage Surgery

Men who have decided to have radiation as their first (primary) treatment for prostate cancer have a one-third chance of recurrence. Some of those men have salvage radical prostatectomy (SRP)  to fight the recurrence.  A study shows this might be a good idea. Antoni Vilaseca, MD, etal from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, studied 251 men who had a Salvage Radical Prostatectomy (SRP) after they failed their primary treatment with external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy (seeds), or with both. The researchers evaluated long-term oncologic outcomes (survival and disease progression) of the SRP in general as well as evaluating if using minimally [...]

New Investigational Treatment Instead of Active Surveillance & Maybe for Distant Tumors

Today’s post is not directly an advanced prostate cancer post, but more about a new potential and very interesting treatment on the horizon for men with prostate cancer that might otherwise be considered for active surveillance. According to the researchers who have been working on the treatment protocol, it is "truly transformative". This is not a treatment that is yet ready for prime time, but it is a possible treatment that, if proven, could be transformative for many men yet to be diagnosed. This new approach to treating early, non-aggressive prostate cancer has been tested across Europe. It involves the [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Clinical Trials, Drugs & Treatments, Lasers|0 Comments

Understanding the Confusion Around Drug Names

Drugs and their names are just confusing. When they are being developed they are given many different names. Despite their names the drugs (or treatments) are the same. Names are just names nothing more. For laymen, drugs having multiple names for the same drug is confusing. So, why are there so many different names for the same drug? Let me try and straighten out the confusion. Usually drugs, as they go through the development process, are given three different names; A chemical name that relates to its molecular composition. This chemical name is usually to long and complex to use [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Drugs & Treatments, FDA, Uncategorized|0 Comments