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Prostate Cancer Drug hailed as Big Deal

User
Posted 02 Jun 2018 at 22:35

Hi all,


l've just stumbled across this on the BBC website.....news story released today. 


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44343415


Makes for positive reading.

User
Posted 02 Jun 2018 at 22:35

Hi all,


l've just stumbled across this on the BBC website.....news story released today. 


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44343415


Makes for positive reading.

User
Posted 03 Jun 2018 at 17:36
Yes it is a positive story but note the caveats. This is for advanced highly differentiated PCa (I guess Gleason 9/10?). It is actually the immunotherapy I hoped to use on my bladder cancer recurrrence but NICE have approved it only where platinum chemo has failed. So I have to wait a few weeks and another scan before I know if I can use it.. It isn't yet approved for PCa at all. I guess 12-18 months for NICE to approve - or maybe longer? These were preliminary trials reported at the US Oncology Conference. Maybe more trials
needed before NICE come on board? Experience tells me to stay grounded on new developments until they get approved by the NHS bureaucracy.

AC
User
Posted 04 Jun 2018 at 01:10
Yes but anything involving the Prof tends to move quickly - look at old members such as Spurspark. Only 4 or 5 years ago, Prof was trialling drugs that many men now take routinely so if he is involved, I get good vibes.

For newer members who want to search old threads, the Prof used to be more fondly referred to on here as the Wizard.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
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User
Posted 02 Jun 2018 at 23:34
How do we get from "promising news" to "test every patient and offer it to them if it looks like working?"
My fear is that the low success percentage means that they won't bother.
User
Posted 03 Jun 2018 at 10:51
Thanks Lisa

One to watch!
User
Posted 03 Jun 2018 at 11:08

My hope would be that  the continued research will find  more ways to switch on  or enhance more men's immune systems to  kill off the cancer but it's definitely a step in the right direction. Maybe one day Surgery, Radiotherapy etc and all of its side effects will be a thing of the past.


 


 


Ann

User
Posted 03 Jun 2018 at 17:36
Yes it is a positive story but note the caveats. This is for advanced highly differentiated PCa (I guess Gleason 9/10?). It is actually the immunotherapy I hoped to use on my bladder cancer recurrrence but NICE have approved it only where platinum chemo has failed. So I have to wait a few weeks and another scan before I know if I can use it.. It isn't yet approved for PCa at all. I guess 12-18 months for NICE to approve - or maybe longer? These were preliminary trials reported at the US Oncology Conference. Maybe more trials
needed before NICE come on board? Experience tells me to stay grounded on new developments until they get approved by the NHS bureaucracy.

AC
User
Posted 04 Jun 2018 at 01:10
Yes but anything involving the Prof tends to move quickly - look at old members such as Spurspark. Only 4 or 5 years ago, Prof was trialling drugs that many men now take routinely so if he is involved, I get good vibes.

For newer members who want to search old threads, the Prof used to be more fondly referred to on here as the Wizard.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
User
Posted 04 Jun 2018 at 11:44
It's good to hear of yet more advances in the research.

Any good news is good news for someone.

dave
Do all you can to help yourself, then make the best of your time. :-)
User
Posted 04 Jun 2018 at 17:54

Yes it is excellent news. I can’t wait to see the full report, as the key thing here is predicting who will respond. It seems that having a mutation in a gene such as BRCA1 or 2, or ATM, means a response is more likely. 

User
Posted 04 Jun 2018 at 18:33
I feel quite encouraged by the results of this trial. Maybe only going to help a small percentage but a start. My husband is on a trial at the moment (Ipatasertib) as suggested by the Prof (Wizard). There are so many trials going on at the Marsden so that should be encouragement in itself.
User
Posted 04 Jun 2018 at 21:18

I will see you that news report and raise you this one!


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44338276


The BBC has three positive news reports on cancer on the go at the moment!


P

User
Posted 14 Jan 2019 at 14:29
I start on Keytruda in the next fortnight, the benefits of platinum based chemotherapy having come to an end. Whoopee! But don't read the list of potential side effects....

AC
 
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