Treatment Information

GOOD NEWS!!! New Regimens and Therapeutic Agents in the Pipeline; a Visit with my Oncologist.

Every six months, I have an appointment with my oncologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center, on the campus of the University of South Florida, in Tampa. Moffitt is a designated National Cancer Institute (NCI, National Institutes of Health, my former employer) Comprehensive Cancer Center, a highly-sought-after distinction. My oncologist had been highly recommended to me more »

Countering Weight Gain as a Result of Hormonal Therapy.

Benefits and risks accompany virtually every method of treatment. Hormonal therapy for prostate cancer is no exception. Potential risks include osteoporosis and bone fractures, cardiac effects, diabetes, depression, hot flashes and metabolic changes resulting in weight gain. (These issues are discussed on this website under “My Story”, 2009 entries of July 5th-27th, September 29th, October more »

FDA Approves Abiraterone (Zytiga) for Advanced Prostate Cancer

(An initial blog was published on this website on Jan. 8th, 2011, describing results from late stage clinical trials of abiraterone acetate in hormone-refractory prostate cancer patients.) On April 28th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved abiraterone (Zytiga) for the treatment of men with metastatic castration (hormone)-resistant prostate cancer (meaning the disease progresses despite more »

Promising results for the late-stage prostate cancer drug, MDV3100.

MDV 3100 is a promising new treatment under clinical development by Medivation, Inc. and Astellas Pharma Inc. for advanced prostate cancer patients who have already received chemotherapy with taxotere (docetaxel) as well as those who have not been treated with taxotere.  MDV3100 slows growth and induces cell death in bicalutamide (casodex)-resistant cancers via three complementary more »

Are you contemplating open versus minimally-invasive prostate cancer surgery?

The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland is recognized as possessing the foremost urology department in America according to the annual hospital survey in U.S. News and World Reports.  A recent article by Dr. Alan Partin from Johns Hopkins and published on January 26th, 2011 in the Johns Hopkins Health Alerts described the various surgical options for prostate cancer more »