What are the new treatments that are now available for prostate cancer?

Expert Opinion published on June 28, 2013 in Treatment
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A. Oliver Sartor, MD
C.E. and Bernadine Laborde Professor of Cancer Research
Medical Director
Tulane Cancer Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
What are the new treatments that are now available for prostate cancer?

Hello, my name is Dr. Oliver Sartor. I am the Laborde professor for cancer research at Tulane and I am also the medical director of the Tulane Cancer Center. I am often asked what are the new treatments that are now available for prostate cancer? And it sounds like an easy question, but it is not an easy answer because we have a lot of them. The most recently FDA-approved treatment is Radium-223 and this was just May 15, 2013. If we look back a little bit behind that, we are looking at abiraterone and prednisone in combination for individuals who were treated with metastatic castrate-resistance prostate cancer without a lot of symptoms and without prior chemotherapy, and that FDA approval was in December. Prior to that, we had enzalutamide in August of 2012, and enzalutamide was approved within the post-docetaxel state for metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer, and that is a nice new drug that we have on the market. So, if we look globally, we can of course go back further because other new agents on the market in the last several year starting in 2010 would include things sipuleucel-T, which is a new immunotherapy, things like cabazitaxel which is a second-line chemotherapy, things like denosumab, which is a bone targeted agent. But when we begin to divide up who is eligible for what, I will make a big summary statement by saying metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancers where all the FDA approvals have occurred, and there is some sequencing issues you have to aware of, but my advice is talk to your doctor about that. Thank you very much. I appreciate being here at ASCO.

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