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AR-V7 Assay Findings and Outcomes With Hormone Therapy in High-Risk Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

In the PROPHECY study, reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Armstrong et al found that positive findings on 2 assays for circulating tumor cell (CTC) androgen receptor splice variant 7 (AR-V7) were associated with poorer outcomes for abiraterone and enzalutamide therapy in men with...

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EAU 2019: Testosterone Replacement Therapy May Slow Recurrence in Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Researchers have shown that testosterone replacement may slow the recurrence of prostate cancer in low-risk patients. Findings from the study were presented by Towe et al at the European Association of Urology (EAU) 2019 Congress (Abstract 646). Practitioners have long regarded testosterone as a...

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immunotherapy

Viral Vector–Based Immunotherapy in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

In a phase III trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gulley et al found that PROSTVAC, a viral vector-based immunotherapy, did not improve overall survival or 6-month event-free survival vs placebo in patients with asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant...

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Intense Neoadjuvant Androgen Deprivation Before Prostatectomy in Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer

In a phase II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, McKay et al found a trend toward improved pathologic response or minimal residual disease with the addition of neoadjuvant abiraterone and prednisone to enzalutamide and leuprolide prior to radical prostatectomy in patients with...

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Prevalence of Adverse Germline Genetic Variants in Prostate Cancer

In a study reported in JAMA Oncology by Nicolosi et al, it was found that 17% of men with prostate cancer had likely deleterious germline genetic variants, and that many of these men would not have been considered candidates for genetic testing. Study Details The study involved data from 3,607...

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issues in oncology

AACR 2019: Does Treatment With Abiraterone Acetate Benefit Patients With Advanced Prostate Cancer and Preexisting Cardiovascular Disease?

Patients with advanced prostate cancer who had preexisting cardiovascular disease had a higher risk of mortality in the 6 months after starting abiraterone acetate treatment compared with those who had no preexisting cardiovascular disease, according to data presented by Lu-Yao et al at a presscast ...

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Addition of Radium-223 to Abiraterone Acetate and Prednisone or Prednisolone in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

In the phase III ERA 223 trial reported in The Lancet Oncology, Smith et al found that the addition of radium-223 to abiraterone acetate and prednisone or prednisolone did not improve symptomatic skeletal event-free survival and was associated with increased risk of fracture in patients with...

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Addition of Docetaxel to Hormone Therapy in High-Risk Prostate Cancer With Rising PSA Levels

In a French phase III trial reported in JAMA Oncology, Oudard et al found that the addition of docetaxel to androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) did not improve prostate-specific antigen (PSA) progression-free survival in men with high-risk prostate cancer with rising PSA after primary local therapy. ...

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symptom management

Patient-Reported Outcomes With Enzalutamide in PROSPER Trial

As reported by Tombal et al in The Lancet Oncology, treatment with enzalutamide was associated with clinically meaningful delays in pain progression, symptom worsening, and deterioration in functional status vs placebo in the phase III PROSPER trial in nonmetastatic, castration-resistant prostate...

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issues in oncology

Hospitalizations in Patients With Prostate Cancer on Medicare

In a retrospective analysis reported in the Journal of Oncology Practice, Parikh et al found that more than one-quarter of hospitalizations in Medicare patients with prostate cancer were potentially avoidable. Study Details The study involved 99 evaluable patients in the Mount Sinai Health System ...

prostate cancer
immunotherapy

Sumit K. Subudhi, MD, PhD, on Prostate Cancer: Results From the CheckMate 650 Trial on Nivolumab and Ipilimumab

Sumit K. Subudhi, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the initial results from a phase II study of nivolumab plus ipilimumab in the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (Abstract 142).

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Howard I. Scher, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Circulating Tumor Cells as a Surrogate Endpoint for Survival

Howard I. Scher, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses circulating tumor cell number as a transitional surrogate endpoint for survival in phase II trials on metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (Abstract 143).

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symptom management

Silke Gillessen, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Results From the REDUSE Trial on Denosumab

Silke Gillessen, MD, of Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, discusses data from a phase III study on the incidence of hypocalcemia in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer treated with denosumab. The trial was designed to assess prevention of symptomatic skeletal events with denosumab...

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Karim Fizazi, MD, PhD, on Prostate Cancer: Results From the ARAMIS Trial on Darolutamide

Karim Fizazi, MD, PhD, of the University of Paris-Sud and Gustave Roussy, discusses study findings on the efficacy and safety of darolutamide in men with nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (Abstract 140).

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Nicholas J. van As, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Results From the PACE-B Trial Comparing Radiotherapy Techniques

Nicholas J. van As, MD, of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, discusses an analysis of acute toxicity in the PACE-B study, which compared stereotactic body radiotherapy with conventionally fractionated or moderately hypofractionated external-beam radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer...

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Karim Fizazi, MD, PhD, on Prostate Cancer: Results From the LATITUDE Trial on Abiraterone Acetate Plus Prednisone

Karim Fizazi, MD, PhD, of the University of Paris-Sud and Gustave Roussy, discusses final phase III findings on men with newly diagnosed, high-risk, metastatic, castration-naive prostate cancer who were treated with abiraterone acetate plus prednisone added to androgen-deprivation therapy (Abstract ...

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2019 GU Cancers Symposium: ARAMIS: Darolutamide in Nonmetastatic, Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

In the phase III ARAMIS trial reported by Fizazi et al at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (Abstract 140) and simultaneously published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that the androgen receptor antagonist darolutamide significantly prolonged metastasis-free...

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immunotherapy

2019 GU Cancers Symposium: CheckMate 650: Nivolumab and Ipilimumab in Metastatic, Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Some patients with metastatic prostate cancer respond to a combination of immune checkpoint inhibitors after treatment with hormonal therapy and chemotherapy has not been successful in treating their disease, according to early results from the phase II CheckMate 650...

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issues in oncology

2019 GU Cancers Symposium: Study Evaluates Survival by Race in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

A large, retrospective study analyzing 5 years of data from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) found that African American men with chemotherapy-naive, metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer who were treated with abiraterone acetate or enzalutamide lived 20% longer compared with...

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2019 GU Cancers Symposium: Small Trial of LuPSMA in PSMA-Positive, Metastatic, Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

A single-arm, phase II trial in men with prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-positive, metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer that progressed despite standard therapies found that a majority of men treated with a novel, targeted radiation therapy called lutetium-177 PSMA-617...

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Quality of Life in Men Living With Advanced and Localized Prostate Cancer

In a population-based study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Downing et al found little difference in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) between men with advanced vs localized prostate cancer. Sexual function problems were common among all patients—and often not addressed—and use of ...

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Long-Term Effects of Finasteride vs Placebo on Prostate Cancer Mortality

In a letter to the editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, Goodman et al reported a long-term follow-up of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial indicating that finasteride treatment was not associated with an increased risk of death from prostate cancer. Study Details As previously...

solid tumors
prostate cancer

Common Markers of Tumor Hypoxia Found Across Cancer Types

Unlike healthy tissues, tumors thrive in low-oxygen environments, often acquiring the ability to resist treatment and spread to other sites in the body. Despite being a well-known cause of therapy resistance and metastasis, the impact of hypoxia on tumor cells is poorly understood. Researchers have ...

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Germline DNA Repair Mutations and Outcomes in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

A subset of patients with aggressive prostate cancer are carriers of germline BRCA2 mutations, which are also linked to hereditary breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and pancreatic cancer. Study findings also showed family members of patients with prostate cancer who carry BRCA2 and DNA-repair...

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Overall Survival of Black vs White Men Receiving Docetaxel Regimens for Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

In an analysis reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Halabi et al found that overall survival was improved for black men vs white men receiving regimens containing docetaxel and prednisone for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. As noted by the investigators, several studies...

prostate cancer
immunotherapy

MSI-H/dMMR Tumors in Prostate Cancer and Response to Immune Checkpoint Blockade

In a study reported in JAMA Oncology, Abida et al found that approximately 3% of patients with prostate cancer had microsatellite instability–high (MSI-H)/mismatch repair–deficient (dMMR) tumors and that some of these patients exhibited durable responses to treatment with immune...

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issues in oncology

Gleason 6 Score May Underestimate Prostate Cancer Mortality Risk in Black Men

Black men diagnosed with prostate cancer classified as low risk may actually have a more aggressive form of the disease that is more likely to be fatal than in nonblack men placed in the same prognostic category, according to results from a new study published as a research letter by Mahal et al in ...

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Time to Biochemical Failure as Surrogate Endpoint in Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Dignam et al, analysis of outcomes in the phase III NRG/RTOG 9202 trial indicates that the time interval to biochemical failure (IBF) could serve as a surrogate endpoint for clinical outcomes in patients receiving radiotherapy plus long-term...

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RADAR Trial: Short- vs Intermediate-Term Androgen Suppression and Zoledronic Acid in Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer

As reported by Denham et al in The Lancet Oncology, 10-year results of the phase III TROG 03.04 RADAR trial have shown that 18 months of androgen suppression plus radiotherapy is more effective than 6 months of androgen suppression plus radiotherapy in locally advanced prostate cancer, but no...

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Survival With Surgery vs Radiotherapy in Gleason Score 9–10 Prostate Cancer

In a cohort study reported in JAMA Oncology, Tilki et al found that patients with Gleason score 9–10 prostate cancer treated with multimodality therapy known as MaxRP (radical prostatectomy [RP] plus adjuvant external-beam radiotherapy [EBRT] with or without androgen-deprivation therapy...

prostate cancer
issues in oncology

Dissemination of Misleading Information on Prostate Cancer on Social Media

YouTube videos on prostate cancer often offer misleading or biased medical information that poses potential health risks to patients, an analysis of the social media platform published by Loeb et al in European Urology showed. For the latest analysis, researchers, which included social...

prostate cancer
issues in oncology

Undertreatment of High-Risk Prostate Cancer in Latino Men

New research by Lichtensztajn et al in JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network examined disparities in care for Latino men with prostate cancer. A team of researchers from UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Stanford Cancer Institute, and...

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Treatment With ADT May Be Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Failure in Patients With Prostate Cancer

Androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) use was associated with a higher risk of heart failure in a study of patients with prostate cancer, according to findings published by Kao et al in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.  Study Methods, Findings Study authors used data from the Taiwan...

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symptom management

NCRI 2018: COMPARE Study: Side Effects and Quality of Life Associated With Prostate Cancer Care

Men who have been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer say they would trade some improvement in their odds of survival for improvements in side effects and quality of life, according to research presented by Ahmed et al at the 2018 National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference...

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New ASTRO/ASCO/AUA Guideline for Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Supports Use of Hypofractionated Radiotherapy

Three prominent medical societies have issued a new clinical guideline for physicians treating men with early-stage prostate cancer using external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT). Adoption of the guideline could make treatment shorter and more convenient for many patients with prostate cancer....

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2018 ASTRO: SPPORT Trial: ADT With or Without Pelvic Lymph Node Radiation in Prostate Cancer

The first report of a large international clinical trial shows that, for men who show signs of prostate cancer after surgical removal of their prostates, extending radiation therapy to the pelvic lymph nodes combined with adding short-term androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) to standard treatment...

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Long-Term Results of Sequence of Hormonal Therapy Plus Whole-Pelvic or Prostate-Alone Radiotherapy in Prostate Cancer

In long-term follow-up of the phase III NRG/RTOG 9413 study reported in The Lancet Oncology by Roach et al, neoadjuvant hormonal therapy (NHT) plus whole-pelvic radiotherapy (WPRT) and prostate-only radiotherapy (PORT) plus adjuvant hormonal therapy (AHT) were associated with the highest rates of...

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Howard M. Sandler, MD, on Localized Prostate Cancer: Radiation Therapy Guidelines

Howard M. Sandler, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, summarizes a session he moderated that included discussion of an ASTRO, ASCO, and AUA guideline; indications and dose fractionation; treatment volumes; and the use of IGRT and IMRT (Panel 03).

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Daniel E. Spratt, MD, on Prostate Cancer in African American Men: Results of a Meta-analysis

Daniel E. Spratt, MD, of the University of Michigan, discusses a large-scale gene-expression analysis and meta-analysis of RTOG trials on androgen receptor activity and radiotherapeutic sensitivity in African American men with prostate cancer (Abstract 4).

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Howard M. Sandler, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Prospective Trials Update

Howard M. Sandler, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, discusses a session on data from several long-term studies on localized disease, including optimal sequencing of radiation and androgen-deprivation therapy; the efficacy and toxicity of SBRT; conventional vs hypofractionated radiation therapy;...

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Alan Pollack, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Results From the SPPORT Trial

Alan Pollack, MD, of the University of Miami, discusses study findings on short-term androgen-deprivation therapy with or without pelvic lymph node treatment added to prostate bed–only salvage radiotherapy (Abstract LBA5).

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issues in oncology

2018 ASTRO: Radiation Therapy Outcomes in African American Patients With Prostate Cancer

A new analysis of genetic data from a large prospective registry and clinical data from several randomized trials indicates that African American patients may have comparatively higher cure rates when treated with radiation therapy than Caucasian patients. The study, which is the first report...

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Nicholas D. James, PhD, MBBS, on Prostate Cancer: Updates From the STAMPEDE Trial

Nicholas D. James, PhD, MBBS, of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, discusses study findings on treating metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer, including results on radiotherapy and abiraterone (Abstract LBA5_PR).

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ESMO 2018: Survival Results From STAMPEDE: Local Radiotherapy in Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Prostate Cancer With Low Disease Burden

Radiotherapy to the prostate improved overall survival in men newly diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer who have a low metastatic disease burden, but not in those with higher burden of disease, according to results from a preplanned analysis of a large comparison study reported by Parker et...

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issues in oncology

PCF Releases First National Report on Public Perception of Prostate Cancer in the United States

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) recently released the results of its first national public awareness report about risks, actions, and attitudes toward prostate cancer in the PCF 3P Report 2018: Public Perception of Prostate Cancer. Each year, even though more than three million men in...

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Early PSA Testing Could Help Predict Prostate Cancer Among Black Men

In a study published by Preston et al in European Urology, researchers demonstrated that a baseline prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level obtained from black men between 40 and 60 years old may predict the future development of prostate cancer for years after testing. The study builds on ...

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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Rucaparib in BRCA1/2-Mutated Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to rucaparib (Rubraca) monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with BRCA1/2-mutated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have received at least one prior androgen...

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issues in oncology
cost of care

Estimated Medicare Cost for Prostate Cancer Care in Older Men

Although national guidelines recommend against prostate cancer screening in men age 70 and older, researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center estimate that screening for and treating prostate cancer in men in this age group costs Medicare more than ...

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ASCO Endorses AUA/ASTRO/SUO Guideline on Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Justin E. Bekelman, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and colleagues, ASCO has endorsed the 2017 American Urological Association (AUA), American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and Society of Urologic...

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issues in oncology

Researchers Identify Pitfall in PSMA PET Imaging Method

Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging has become a popular method for determining the stage of a patient’s prostate cancer. However, researchers have identified a pitfall in this imaging technique and are cautioning medical professionals to be...

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