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Prostate Cancer


Virtually all patients that succumb to prostate cancer die of metastatic castration-resistant disease (CRPC). Docetaxel, the standard of care for these patients, provides a modest prolongation of survival, but there is an urgent need for novel treatment strategies.
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Prostate cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States, after breast cancer and lung cancer. In 2018 alone, 164,690 individuals were diagnosed with prostate cancer, accounting for nearly 10% of all new cancer cases, and 29,430 deaths were attributed to the disease. Prostate cancer is most frequently diagnosed in men aged 65 to 74 years (median age, 66 years). More than 98% of patients with prostate cancer survive ≥5 years; however, the 5-year survival rate drops to 30% for patients with metastatic disease.
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San Francisco, CA—Darolutamide, an investigational androgen receptor inhibitor, significantly improved metastasis-free survival in men with high-risk nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) compared with placebo in a large phase 3 clinical trial.
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Nearly 12% of American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lives. Prostate cancer may remain indolent, but it often requires treatment, as evidenced by the more than 26,000 deaths attributable to this disease annually. Although the 5-year survival is high for men with localized prostate cancer, this drops to 29% in men with metastatic prostate cancer. Even with treatment, prostate cancer progresses in more than 33% of men. The median time to metastatic disease is approximately 8 to 10 years after the detection of biochemical recurrence.
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Chicago, IL—The results from 2 studies should advance the use of abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) to the frontline treatment of patients with hormone-sensitive advanced prostate cancer, effectively replacing chemotherapy, said several experts at the 2017 ASCO annual meeting.
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Patient-reported outcomes had significant associations with survival in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), suggesting potential implications for clinical management, reported Tomasz M. Beer, MD, Oregon Health & Science University, Knight Cancer Institute, Portland, and colleagues, at the 2016 International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research annual meeting.
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The incidence of metastatic prostate cancer increased by >70% from 2004 to 2013, including >90% in the age-group most likely to benefit from definitive treatment, according to a new analysis of a national database (Weiner AB, et al. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2016 Jul 19. Epub ahead of print).
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