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New mouse study indicates that mutant protein in muscle cells is responsible for SBMA

New mouse study indicates that mutant protein in muscle cells is responsible for SBMA

Sometimes known as Kennedy's disease, spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is a rare inherited neuromuscular disorder characterized by slowly progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. [More]
NICE recommends FIRMAGON for treating advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer in adults with spinal metastases

NICE recommends FIRMAGON for treating advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer in adults with spinal metastases

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) today issued its Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) recommending FIRMAGON (degarelix) as an option for treating advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer, only in adults with spinal metastases who present with signs or symptoms of spinal cord compression. [More]

Radiation plus hormones offers best outcomes for localised prostate cancer

The combination of radiotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy is more effective than radiotherapy alone for preventing disease recurrence in men with localised prostate cancer, according to research findings presented at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology 33rd annual congress in Vienna, Austria. [More]

6 months of hormonal treatment in addition to radiotherapy improves outcome for prostate cancer

Vienna, Austria: Men with prostate cancer that is small and confined to the prostate gland but that is at risk of growing and spreading, do better if they are treated with radiotherapy combined with androgen deprivation therapy, which lowers their levels of the male hormone, testosterone, according to new research. [More]
Astellas, Medivation submit European Marketing Authorization Application for XTANDI capsules

Astellas, Medivation submit European Marketing Authorization Application for XTANDI capsules

Astellas Pharma Inc. and Medivation Inc. today announced the submission of a variation to amend the European Marketing Authorization Application for XTANDI® (enzalutamide) capsules for the treatment of adult men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic after failure of androgen deprivation therapy and in whom chemotherapy is not yet clinically indicated. [More]
Sanford-Burnham to present new cancer research data at AACR 2014

Sanford-Burnham to present new cancer research data at AACR 2014

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute will present a wide range of new research data at the annual American Association for Cancer Research Meeting in San Diego starting Saturday, April 5, at the San Diego Convention Center. The presentations will cover a variety of topics including breast, melanoma, and prostate cancer, as well as novel methods of delivering drugs to tumors. [More]

NCCN ORP awarded grant to study effectiveness of enzalutamide in solid tumors

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Oncology Research Program has been awarded a $2.2-million grant from Astellas Pharma, Inc. and Medivation, Inc. to develop a program to scientifically evaluate and define the clinical effectiveness of enzalutamide in solid tumors, including bladder, breast, endometrial, hepatocellular, ovarian, and prostate cancers. [More]

Clinical trials of new drugs to treat most aggressive form of prostate cancer

Clinical trials of new drugs to treat the most aggressive form of prostate cancer are expected to be underway in Brisbane within three years, thanks to Movember Revolutionary Team Award grant that is fast-tracking global research into the disease. [More]
Primary ADT proves ineffective in early stage prostate cancer patients

Primary ADT proves ineffective in early stage prostate cancer patients

A study of more than 15,000 men with early stage prostate cancer finds that those who received androgen deprivation as their primary treatment instead of surgery or radiation did not live any longer than those who received no treatment. [More]
Synta Pharmaceuticals' Hsp90 inhibitor ganetespib selected for study in I-SPY 2 TRIAL

Synta Pharmaceuticals' Hsp90 inhibitor ganetespib selected for study in I-SPY 2 TRIAL

Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. and QuantumLeap Healthcare Collaborative today announced that Synta's lead drug candidate, the Hsp90 inhibitor ganetespib, has been selected for study in the I-SPY 2 TRIAL (Investigation of Serial Studies to Predict Your Therapeutic Response with Imaging And moLecular Analysis 2). [More]

Scientists identify important step toward shutting down growth of prostate cancer cells

Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified an important step toward potentially shutting down the growth of prostate cancer cells. [More]

New study shows male hormones play important role; may enhance IVF therapy in women

Several fertility clinics across the country are beginning to administer testosterone, either through a patch or a gel on the skin, to increase the number of eggs produced by certain women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). [More]
GTx provides clinical updates, reports financial results for fourth quarter and full year 2013

GTx provides clinical updates, reports financial results for fourth quarter and full year 2013

GTx, Inc. today provided a Company update and reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013. [More]

Exposure to very low concentrations of BPA by pregnant females can cause fetal abnormalities in primates

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a wide variety of consumer products, such as resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, thermal paper store receipts, and dental composites. [More]

UH scientists working to develop next generation of prostate cancer therapies

A University of Houston scientist and his team are working to develop the next generation of prostate cancer therapies, which are targeted at metabolism. [More]

Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy shows better outcomes in cancer removal

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer comparing robotic-assisted prostate surgery to open surgery for prostate cancer found that patients who had robotic surgery had fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of the surgical specimen, or fewer positive margins, and less need of additional cancer treatments, such as hormone therapy or radiation, than patients who had open surgery. [More]
Researchers develop screening assay that quickly assesses nearly 1,500 compounds' effect on estrogen

Researchers develop screening assay that quickly assesses nearly 1,500 compounds' effect on estrogen

A team of researchers at City of Hope has developed a screening assay that can quickly assess up to 1,536 compounds' effect on estrogen activity in the body. The test can also evaluate whether chemicals act as inhibitors of aromatase, an enzyme linked to breast cancer that converts androgen to estrogen. [More]

Understanding genetic changes associated with aggressive prostate cancer

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important advance in understanding genetic changes associated with terminal prostate cancer. [More]
Mayo Clinic researchers shed light on new mechanism by which prostate cancer develops in men

Mayo Clinic researchers shed light on new mechanism by which prostate cancer develops in men

Mayo Clinic researchers have shed light on a new mechanism by which prostate cancer develops in men. Central to development of nearly all prostate cancer cases are malfunctions in the androgen receptor - the cellular component that binds to male hormones. [More]

Findings expand treatment options for hormone-dependent breast cancer

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. For patients whose breast cancers are hormone-dependent, current treatment focuses on using drugs that block estrogen (a type of hormone) from attaching to estrogen receptors on tumor cells to prevent the cells from growing and spreading. [More]