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URO TODAY: An experiment that combines a standard advanced prostate cancer drug treatment with a vaccine to assist the immune system has just begun in the US. READ MORE>

Looking to harness the body’s own immune system to target prostate cancer that has spread to the bones (metastatic) and is unresponsive to standard treatment, investigators have just launched a clinical trial combining vaccine and radiation drug therapy.

The goal is to see if disease progression will be further delayed by adding two different experimental injections to the standard treatment.

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URO TODAY:  Abiraterone acetate is a promising treatment for advanced prostate cancer patients and is being tested in a Phase III trial for men with progressive castration-resistant prostate cancer who have  not had chemotherapy.

A Phase III trial for patients following prior chemotherapy has been completed and is awaiting analysis. READ MORE>

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REUTERS: Two big European drug companies have concluded a deal to develop and sell Debio 0931, which inhibits the growth of tumours in cancers like prostate cancer.

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URO TODAY: Researchers in Canada have reviewed the vast range of drugs now being used to treatment prostate cancer. These include:

  • drugs that induce androgen deprivation, that is, LHRH antagonists;
  • more active or less toxic chemotherapy agents;
  • immunologic approaches, including passive and active immunization;
  • drugs that target the androgen receptor and/or androgen synthesis;
  • drugs that target specific pathways, including tyrosine kinase inhibitors, angiogenesis inhibitors, endothelin antagonists and matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors;
  • and antioxidants and cell cycle inhibitors.

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PROSTABLOG NZ: John has now moved to the stage of needing chemotherapy for his advanced prostate cancer, but the government-subsidised version in NZ has been surpassed by a more effective drug – at $5000 a dose. That’s way beyond Mary’s bank balance. READ MORE>

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JohnMary1JULY 10: PROSTABLOG NZ: “It’s sad that medical professionals in NZ are so scared of possible side effects from a treatment like Ketoconazole, that they refuse to even acknowledge it, even if it has been proven to be effective overseas.”

These words were written today by Mary – a Kiwi whose partner has advanced prostate cancer – as she describes the frustration of being unable to persuade NZ doctors to move outside what seem to her to be inflexible approaches to treatment.

“I produced prostate cancer digests from people I know who have had large drops in PSA on Keto, but I was told I know only a few people and trials showing side effects have been done on thousands,” she says.

“When I said I would like to see the papers on this, I was told I was not a doctor…and to this I respond “no, but I am the partner of a man with advanced cancer.”

READ the second chapter of Mary’s struggle to save her man.

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JULY 8: NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK: A second Phase I clinical trial has been announced for GTx-758 – an oral luteinizing hormone inhibitor – which is designed for first-line treatment of advanced prostate cancer. READ MORE>

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JULY 8:  HULIQ NEWS:  New research into prostate cancer drug finasteride – earlier thought to cause more aggressive cancer in some patients – suggests doctors can be less cautious about using it. READ MORE>

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JUNE 20: DINTZ.COM: Two Mayo Clinic patients whose prostate cancer had been considered inoperable are now cancer free thanks in part to an experimental drug therapy that was used in combination with standardised hormone treatment and radiation therapy. The men were participating in a clinical trial of an immuno-therapeutic agent called MDX-010 or ipilimumab. READ MORE>

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JUNE 11: SEEKING ALPHA.COM: A groundbreaking new treatment for prostate cancer, Provenge, will likely receive US Food and Drug Administration approval and become widely available just as the first Baby Boomers reach 65 in 2010.  READ MORE>

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