Immunotherapy Drug Keytruda Halts 'Untreatable' Prostate Cancer In Some Men

African-American men with prostate cancer show stronger response to hormone therapy | News-Medical

"It's thrilling that immunotherapy might supply some males extra time with their family members the place they've such superior illness that they've run out of present therapy choices".

"If we can prove that in the planned new trial, it should be possible to provide some men with advanced prostate cancer with an exciting new treatment option".

General, survival is sweet for the most cancers, with 84 per cent nonetheless alive 10 years after first analysis. There are 47,000 new prostate cancer diagnoses annually in the United Kingdom alone, resulting in 11,000 deaths a year.

The trial had 258 men with prostate cancer getting immunotherapy. The immunotherapy drug also stopped the tumor growth in 11 percent of patients. Black patients experienced higher rates of several hormonal-based toxicities, such as hyperglycemia, hypokalemia, and hot flashes, "suggesting perhaps a greater exposure risk to this medicine", George said.

Immunotherapy drugs work by stimulating the immune system to recognise and fight the cancer, and are used to treat some advanced cancers, including lung and melanoma. Prostate cancer is treated in a number of ways, but the more extreme treatments which include surgical interventions may cause physical and psychological side effects.

Eight months of treatment with abiraterone (AA) plus leuprolide for biochemically recurrent non-metastatic hormone-naive prostate cancer (M0HNPC) improves PSA-free survival compared with the use of leuprolide alone, with no delay in testosterone recovery or significant safety concerns, according to data presented at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday, June 4.

The world's leading expert on prostate cancer Professor Johann de Bono from the Institute of cancer research said: "We hope for a revolutionary cure, but they can't call it".

The results will bring hope to men such as BBC presenter Bill Turnbull, 62, who in March revealed that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer which had spread "to the bone".

That is not a given, as a course of treatment in other cancers typically costs tens of thousands of pounds per patient.

The study is now in its early stage trial.

He says he's now planning out the next 20 years of his life, not the next two. Researchers looked at the ability of three different blood tests looking for free-floating DNA to detect cancer.

Professor Geoffrey Oxnard, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the USA, said: 'The beauty of a blood test is it could just be done in a local GP office'.

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