The real gold may be in combining the two therapies, the experts theorized. "These drugs are going to be used in sequence and we would expect the survival to be fairly dramatically pushed forward," according to Scher. "There will be a major bump up in the overall survival of this group of patients in the next two to three years."
Vogelzang agreed: "The synergistic benefit will have to be demonstrated, but it is very plausible that combining and sequencing these agents may add even more value than what we see here." He was a co-investigator on the Ra-223 study.
Findings presented at medical meetings are typically considered preliminary until they have been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
There's much more on prostate cancer at the American Cancer Society.
SOURCES: Howard I. Scher, M.D., chief, genitourinary oncology service, D. Wayne Calloway Chair in Urologic Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City; Oliver Sartor, M.D., Laborde Professor of Cancer Research, Tulane University School of Medicine, medical director, Tulane Cancer Center, New Orleans; Nicholas J. Vogelzang, M.D., chair and medical director, developmental therapeutics committee of U.S. Oncology, Las Vegas; Jan. 31, 2012, presentations, Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, San Francisco
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