Navigation Links
Sunshine pill for prostate cancer in 2009

A tablet designed to emulate the healing power of the sun could be available for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer as early as 2009. But it remains to be seen whether the drug will be the revolution in prostate cancer care that its makers claim.

The drug, Asentar (DN-101), is based on vitamin D and is given to patients in the advanced stages of prostate cancer along with chemotherapy drugs. Drug makers came up with the idea because vitamin D from sunlight improves the prognosis of certain cancers. But taking natural levels of the vitamin has no effect. Novacea, the company that makes Asentar, produced a novel formulation that reproduces the healing effect without the dangerous side-effects of a vitamin D overdose. If the on-going phase III trial goes to plan, the new drug should be available in 2009, reports Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI.

'If the results of the phase III trial are as good as those of the phase II trial, that would be significant,' says Nick James, professor of oncology at the University of Birmingham. In the phase II trials, Asentar significantly improved survival rates, 9 months over patients taking chemotherapy drugs (taxotere) alone. 'On average, patients in the advanced stage of the disease survive about 18 months, so an extension of 9 months would be very significant in my view,' says James.

Asentar provides levels of vitamin D 50-100 times higher than normal. Patients would be expected to take one tablet once a week with their weekly regime of taxotere for three weeks out of every four.

Business analysts say Asentar is a potential blockbuster, because prostate cancer rates are expected to soar in the next few years. But James is not so sure. 'A confounding factor is that if you go looking for more cases of cancer, you will find them. But this does not give you an accurate estimate of how many people will go on to develop advanced disease. In fact death rates are going down,
'"/>

Source:Society of Chemical Industry


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Mitochondrial DNA mutations play significant role in prostate cancer
2. Weizmann Institute scientists develop a new approach for directing treatment to metastasized prostate cancer in the bones.
3. Test for early detection of prostate cancer shows promise
4. U-M researchers identify new blood test for prostate cancer
5. U-M scientists say fused genes trigger the development of prostate cancer
6. Virus chip detects new virus in prostate tumors
7. Human prostate grown from embryonic stem cells
8. Curry and cauliflower could halt prostate cancer
9. Macrophage signaling may affect hormone resistance in prostate tumors
10. Markers of gene, protein, or micro-RNA activity predict outcome in prostate and colorectal cancers
11. Vegetables inhibit growth of prostate cancer in mice with human tumors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Sunshine pill for prostate cancer

(Date:12/17/2014)... RALEIGH, N.C. , Dec. 16, 2014 ... has licensed its PerformTek biometric technology to industry leaders ... their highly accurate, clinically validated, biometric wearable products. These ... January 6-9 in Las Vegas . ... the technology is accurate, flexible and robust – with ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... 2014 Research and Markets ( ... "Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019" report ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 Facial recognition is a ... recognition system measures the overall facial feature of ... and the distance between eyes. Facial recognition is ...
(Date:12/11/2014)... , Dec. 10, 2014  That blood pressure plays a ... while. Hypertension – the medical term for high blood pressure ... 1800s, and the inflatable cuff that,s used in measuring blood ... mean there,s nothing new about hypertension, its triggers and its ... about the condition and the best ways to treat it. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Valencell PerformTek Biometrics Power the Most Accurate Wearables at CES 2015 2Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 2Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 3Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 2Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 3Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 4
... of drug components is a large hurdle facing modern ... utilize proteins, which are notoriously difficult to separate from ... Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ... improve an important protein purification process. ...
... Sept. 29, 2010 More people are drinking ... Medical Center analysis of national alcohol consumption patterns. Gathered ... a variety of factors, including social, economic and ethnic ... "The reasons for the uptick vary and may involve ...
... may give brewers powerful new ability to engineer the flavor ... scientists are publishing the most comprehensive deciphering of the ... set of proteins that make beer "beer") appears in ACS, ... Righetti and colleagues say they were inspired to do the ...
Cached Biology News:Purifying proteins: Rensselaer researchers use NMR to improve drug development 2Purifying proteins: Rensselaer researchers use NMR to improve drug development 3Alcohol consumers are becoming the norm, UT Southwestern analysis finds 2Alcohol consumers are becoming the norm, UT Southwestern analysis finds 3
(Date:12/17/2014)... (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 Gene ... that it has entered into a technology access ... (ADM) to apply DNA2.0’s proprietary protein engineering technology, ... process. , “We are extremely excited that the ... platform. This proprietary bioengineering technology has now ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , Dec. 17, ... positive results of a Phase 2 study evaluating ... for the treatment of patients with severe, chronic ... the current standard of care, including topical steroids ... endpoint was percent change in Visual Analog Scale ...
(Date:12/15/2014)...  GlassesOff Inc. (OTCBB: GLSO) announced today the appointment ... director of the Company,s Board of Directors. ... its CEO until its acquisition by Stanley Black ... Recognized as the inventor of the first Wi-Fi-based Active ... -based RFID solutions focused on improving operational efficiency, safety ...
(Date:12/13/2014)... (PRWEB) December 12, 2014 Clarassance, a ... announced its new name: Therabron Therapeutics , Inc. ... and bronchioles (a type of structure in the lungs ... company’s mission to develop novel protein therapeutics for the ... directors decided to change the name to mark the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:ADM and DNA2.0 Enter Into Protein Engineering Technology Access and Service Agreement 2Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 2Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 3Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 4AeroScout Founder Joins GlassesOff's Board of Directors 2AeroScout Founder Joins GlassesOff's Board of Directors 3Maryland-based Biotech Company's Path Forward in Treating Respiratory Diseases Sparks Name Change 2
... Companies will Present at the Largest Marketplace for Emerging ... and CTSI today announced that more than 100 leading ... partners will be showcased in the 4th Annual TechConnect ... R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Held ...
... Development and InnovationMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 22 ... Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology group assesses a variety of ... in cancer treatment. Physicians, nurses and patients ... reconstitution, home vs. office administration parameters, and barriers ...
... 22 GeneGo, Inc., a leading provider of software ... , today announced that the University of Cardiff has ... researchers will have access to GeneGo,s MetaCore, training and ... their partner relationship with GeneGo to provide a pathway ...
Cached Biology Technology:TechConnect Summit Brings the Global Technology Community to Houston, May 4-6, 2009 2TechConnect Summit Brings the Global Technology Community to Houston, May 4-6, 2009 3TechConnect Summit Brings the Global Technology Community to Houston, May 4-6, 2009 4Frost & Sullivan: Female Cancer Patients More Willing to Use Implantable Infusion Pumps Than Males 2Frost & Sullivan: Female Cancer Patients More Willing to Use Implantable Infusion Pumps Than Males 3Cardiff University Becomes a GeneGo Center of Excellence 2
Request Info...
Homo sapiens olfactomedin 1, transcript variant 3...
Component of GELase™ Agarose Gel-Digesting Preparation. 1 ml of 50X Buffer is sufficient for replacing the buffer in at least 5 g of gel....
...
Biology Products: