By Ravi A. Madan, MD, and William L. Dahut, MD
Although immunotherapies are poised to permanently reshape treatment for bladder and kidney cancers, immune-based therapeutics research in prostate cancer has stagnated. There is immunotherapy available for prostate cancer, however, the delayed effects of treatment and the rare effect on prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels have generated less enthusiasm compared with the rapid and sustained responses in some patients with bladder and kidney cancers who have been treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors. In addition, recent negative results of some trials have raised more concerns about the lack of potential for immunotherapy in prostate cancer. Nonetheless, several ongoing studies of immune checkpoint inhibitor combinations are potentially defining a course for immunotherapy development.
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Highlights and summary from the 24th Annual PCF Scientific Retreat on October 2017. Read the report here.
FDA has approved the FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) cancer biomarker assay concurrently with a decision from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide insurance coverage for the next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test.
FDA Approves Foundation Medicine’s FoundationOne CDx™, the First and Only Comprehensive Genomic Profiling Test for All Solid Tumors Incorporating Multiple Companion Diagnostics.
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US Too Prostate Cancer Panel Discussion and Webcast on Advanced Prostate Cancer
- Presented by: Bayer
- Sponsored by: Dendreon and Jannsen Oncology
- In Kind Sponsor: Los Padres
- Guest Speakers:
- Dr. Edwin Morales – Urology Specialist, San Antonio
- Dr. Michael Liss – Urologist, Urologic Oncologist, and Lead Prostate Cancer Researcher at UT Health, San Antonio
- Dr. Vijay K. Gunuganti – Medical Oncologist at Texas Oncology
- Moderator: Dr. Juan A. Reyna – Staff Physician at Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital; and Clinical Faculty at UT Health
Watch the recording here
Dr. Mark Scholz participated in a tumor board session with a discussion of Prostate Cancer Cases at El Camino Hospital in November 2017.
- Robert Sinha, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology
- Frank Lai, MD, Urological Oncologist/Robotic Surgeon, El Camino Hospital
- Steven Kurtzman, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Director of Prostate Brachytherapy, El Camino Hospital
- Shane Dormady, MD PhD, Medical Director of Oncology, El Camino Hospital
- Mark Scholz, MD, Medical Oncology, Director of Prostate Cancer Specialists, Founder of Prostate Cancer Research Institute
View the recording of the event here
A Short Course in Prostate Cancer – eBook
The purpose of this short eBook is to provide men facing prostate cancer with a lot of up-to-date information in a compact format.
The information and opinions provided in this book are not specific medical advice for any individual. It should not substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional. The author is not a medical doctor. The reader is advised that any information or opinions expressed or implied in this book are those of a layman and should not be acted upon without the consent of a licensed physician. This book is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For diagnosis or treatment of any medical problem, consult your own physician.
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In line with previously reported data, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the used of a 20 mg/ml dose of cabazitaxel (Jevtana) in the treatment of men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). However, the use of this dose of cabazitaxel is currently approved only for men who have previously been treated with docetaxel-based chemotherapy.
Read more here on Prostate Cancer InfoLink
Apparently, late yesterday, Barvarian Nordic announced that Prostvac has failed to show efficacy in the Phase III PROSPECT trial of the treatment of men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).
Click here for Barvarian Nordic’s media release
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Fabio Almeida, MD // Phoenix Molecular Imaging – Phoenix Insight Imaging/CDI
Over the last few years, we have seen tremendous activity in the area of molecular imaging for prostate cancer. Just about every day we have colleagues asking about the various PET/CT imaging tests – what is available? How do they compare? What are the parameters for successful imaging?
We are proud to be contributing to this body of knowledge. Our work regarding C11-Acetate PET/CT imaging in the recurrent PCa setting with relationship to PSA kinetics has been recently published. This represents the largest single-site evaluation of a molecular imaging agent. A link to the publication and brief overview PET/CT imaging for Prostate Cancer follow for your review. We hope you find this information useful.
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Dr. Thomas Hope, Assistant Professor of Radiology at UCSF presented at the San Jose Prostate Cancer Support Group on the topic of Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) imaging and treatment of patients with prostate cancer.
Read or download his presentation from here