Diagnostics, Genetics, Imaging

PROMISE: A Clinical Trial of Inherited Genetic Factors Impact on Prostate Cancer Risk and Treatment Involving Free Genetic Testing.

It is known that prostate cancer may be written in some men’s genes, but so are instructions for discovering new treatments and understanding family risk. If we want to better understand prostate cancer, we have to better understand genes. That’s why the genetic information of prostate cancer patients is so important. This information is the more »

FDA Approves a Highly Sensitive Prostate Cancer Imaging Agent

On May 26th, the FDA approved another highly sensitive imaging compound specifically for prostate cancer called 18F-DCFPyL. This is the second such approval in less than six months; in December 2020, the FDA approved 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET (gallium-68 PET scan). These pioneering new scanning tools will revolutionize prostate cancer detection. Both imaging agents are used to more »

Decipher Can Help Predict Metastasis and Whether Hormome Therapy is Needed in Recurrent Cancer.

Recurrent prostate cancer is usually treated with radiation alone or with the addition of hormone therapy. Doctors currently use certain criteria—like tumor grade and PSA level—to recommend whether patients with recurrent prostate cancer should get hormone therapy in addition to radiation. But studies have shown that these characteristics aren’t very good at identifying people who more »

Finding Smallest Traces of Recurrent Cancer. FDA Approves First PSMA-targeted PET Imaging Agent for Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gallium 68 PSMA-11 (Ga 68 PSMA-11) as a positron emission tomography or PET imaging agent for men with prostate cancer. The molecule is the first approved PET imaging agent that detects prostate cancer lesions by targeting the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) — a protein produced at more »

FoundationOne Liquid CDx “Liquid Biopsy” Blood Test Gets Expanded FDA Approval

If you are considering genetic testing to identify whether a potential therapy might be useful against your prostate cancer, this article may be helpful to you. This test can help identify genetic changes such as BRCA1, BRCA2 and ATM mutations in which case a corresponding targeted drug, such as olaparib (Lynparza), may be useful. The more »

PyL Prostate Cancer Imaging Agent Submitted to FDA for Approval

Lantheus Holdings has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval of PyL, an investigational imaging agent used to locate prostate cancer lesions. The new drug application (NDA) sent to the FDA includes a request for priority review, which if granted may shorten PyL’s regulatory review process from the usual more »

ExoDx Urine Prostate Test to Evaluate Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer Prior to First Biopsy.

The ExoDx Prostate Test is a non-invasive, non-digital rectal exam, urine test used as a risk assessment tool to provide risk probabilities for aggressive prostate cancer. The technology relies on cancer-specific genomic biomarkers found in the urine. The test analyzes three cancer-specific biomarkers found in the urine associated with aggressive prostate cancer: ERG, PCA and more »

Molecular Imaging PSMA PET/CT Could Transform Management of People with Aggressive Cancer

Upon recent discussions with my urologist and oncologist, they both informed me that the following is a highly significant development in imaging of prostate cancer. A medical imaging technique, known as PSMA PET/CT, that provides detailed body scans while detecting levels of a molecule associated with prostate cancer could help doctors better tailor treatments for more »

Pyl Imaging Agent Accurately Detects Recurrent Prostate Cancer Lesions

Progenics Pharmaceuticals’ PyL, a new imaging agent for positron emission tomography (PET) scans, can accurately detect the location of recurrent prostate cancer lesions, according to data from the Phase 3 CONDOR clinical trial. “There is a need for improved diagnostics for prostate cancer to replace conventional imaging tests that have limited performance characteristics, especially in more »

PSMA PET-CT Offers Best Detection Rates in Recurrent Prostate Cancer.

In a recent study, investigators reported the findings of a clinical trial designed to compare the rates for detecting recurrent cancer sites using the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) PET-CT imaging agent (68Ga-PSMA-11) to those of 18F-fluciclovine in a group of men with recurrent prostate cancer who had already undergone prostatectomy and had very low levels more »

PyL Imaging Agent Detects Lesions Outside the Prostate in a Phase 2/3 Trial

In a Phase 2/3 OSPREY clinical trial aimed at examining its diagnostic accuracy, 18F-DCFPyl (PyL), a new imaging agent for positron emission topography (PET) scans, can accurately detect prostate cancer lesions outside the prostate, whether in nearby lymph nodes or in distant locations, clinical trial data show. The tracer — developed by Progenics — is a more »

68-Gallium PSMA PET Scan Better Than Axumin in Detecting Cancer Recurrence

Among men suspected of having prostate cancer recurrence after surgery, the radiotracer 68Ga-PSMA-11 is better at detecting the cancerous lesions and provides better agreement among experts than the standard Axumin (18F-fluciclovine) tracer, a Phase 2 trial shows. The results were presented at the 2019 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Meeting, held more »

Simple Blood Tests to Determine Best Treatment Options for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Blood tests that examine circulating tumor cells, CTC’s, (cells that shed from the tumor or metastasis into circulation), for the presence of a mutated AR-V7  protein, could help determine if a patient with advanced prostate cancer would fare better with chemotherapy or with medicines such as enzalutamide (Xtandi) or abiraterone (Zytiga) that target the androgen receptor (a cellular more »