Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Golden age of prostate cancer treatment hailed as fourth drug in two years extends life

We know that, Enzalutamide (formerly known as MDV3100, see the structure) is an experimental androgen receptor antagonist drug developed by the pharmaceutical company Medication for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer currently in phase 3 clinical trials. Results so far have been encouraging; Medivation has reported up to an 89% decrease in prostate specific antigen serum levels after a month of taking the medicine. Early preclinical studies also suggest that enzalutamide inhibits breast cancer cell growth. 

Researchers from Institute of Cancer Research, London, and its partner hospital The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust jointly led the new Phase III trial of enzalutamide and the Phase III trials of two other drugs, cabazitaxel and abiraterone. Abiraterone was also discovered at The Institute of Cancer Research and was recently made available on the NHS. A further drug sipuleucel-T has also been shown to extend life in the two-year period.

"What we're seeing now is an unprecedented period of success for prostate cancer research, with four new drugs shown to extend life in major clinical trials in just two years, and several others showing promise. It truly is a golden age for prostate cancer drug discovery and development" claims Prof. Martin Gore....

1 comment:

Unknown said...

This is a perfect example of advancement in medicine that has developed in so short interval of time. Life saving drugs as important as the cure taken for treatment of the cause.

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