Drug Therapy

FDA approves androgen inhibitor for metastatic PCa

September 12, 2012

The FDA recently approved the oral androgen receptor inhibitor enzalutamide (Xtandi) for the treatment of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have previously received docetaxel (Taxotere).

Blood test could guide treatment for kidney cancer

August 29, 2012

A common enzyme that is easily detected in blood may predict how well patients with advanced kidney cancer will respond to a specific treatment, according to physicians at Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC.

BCG for bladder cancer in short supply

August 22, 2012

Due to manufacturing issues, a formulation of the bladder cancer treatment bacillus Calmette-Guérin is currently unavailable from one manufacturer.

PSA, 5-ARIs help identify hard-to-diagnose PCa

August 22, 2012

Researchers from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York have successfully developed and tested a new prostate cancer screening method.

Drug reduces urge incontinence in OAB patients

August 15, 2012

Fesoterodine fumarate (Toviaz) appears to reduce urge urinary incontinence in patients with overactive bladder who had a suboptimal response to tolterodine tartrate extended release (Detrol LA), according to a phase IV study.

Prostate cancer survival significantly improved with novel radiation agent

August 01, 2012

Interim data from a phase III trial of a novel radiation agent in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) showed the agent's efficacy to be significantly sufficient to bring the trial to a halt at a planned interim analysis so as to be able offer the agent to men in the placebo arm.

Diabetes medication may increase risk of bladder cancer

July 18, 2012

The diabetes drug pioglitazone (Actos) was associated with a 22% increased risk of developing bladder cancer in a recent study, supporting earlier research findings of a link between the drug and bladder cancer.

Companies team up for needle-free botulinum injection platform

July 11, 2012

American Medical Systems (Minnetonka, MN) has signed a co-development agreement with Allergan, Inc. to jointly develop and seek regulatory approval for the delivery of onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) using the AMS JetTouch system for treatment of overactive bladder.

FDA approves overactive bladder agent with new mechanism of action

July 11, 2012

The FDA has approved the once-daily oral beta-3 adrenergic agonist mirabegron (Myrbetriq) for the treatment of overactive bladder with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary frequency.

TRT linked with weight loss, improvement of metabolic syndrome symptoms

July 05, 2012

Testosterone replacement therapy may result in weight reduction and improvement in symptoms of metabolic syndrome, according to separate studies presented at the Endocrine Society annual meeting in Houston.