Navigation Links
Robotic Prostatectomy Expert Dr. David Samadi, MD Discusses Prostate Cancer Treatment Drug Abiraterone
Date:10/13/2010

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Following recent FDA approvals for prostate cancer treatment medications from Dendreon and Sanofi-Aventis, a new study shows that the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer were prolonged almost four months on Abiraterone, a new medication from Johnson & Johnson. The drug, which could reach the market in 2011, is positive prostate cancer treatment news with the potential to change clinical practice by providing a new treatment option for aggressive prostate cancer. Dr. David Samadi, a robotic surgery expert who is the Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, described the study, which was presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) congress, "As yet another in a series of successful scientific steps towards fighting prostate cancer, a common, and sometimes deadly enemy."

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101013/NY81775LOGO)

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101013/NY81775LOGO)

The study followed over 1,000 men with aggressive prostate cancer and poor prognoses, who had only been given months left to live. In this group, 797 were prescribed abiraterone acetate as well as prednisone, a steroid, while the rest were given prednisone and a placebo treatment for prostate cancer. Abiraterone, discovered by Britain's Institute of Cancer Research, blocks the production of hormones that stimulate prostate cancer tumors. Abiraterone's side effects include fluid retention and hypokalemia (low levels of potassium in the blood).

The study showed that Johnson & Johnson's experimental drug not only delayed prostate cancer growth but also significantly increased the patients' life expectancy by 36%, from 10.9 to 14.8 months. The risk of death among patients on the drug also dropped by 35%. "Sure, 3.9 months does not sound like a lot of time, but in terms of the scientific history of prostate cancer, previously only four drugs had ever proven a survival potential," said Dr. Samadi, a robotic prostatectomy expert as well as a urologic oncologist with Mt. Sinai, "The discovery of this drug is even more significant because patients with the aggressive type of this disease have very limited prostate cancer treatment options and usually a terminal prognosis."

Analysts compared abiraterone to Dendreon's vaccine, Provenge, as "a nearly billion dollar opportunity" for Johnson & Johnson and "more compelling" than Sanofi-Aventis' chemotherapy, Jevtana. The latter had been approved this past June for advanced prostate cancer treatment after a study showed prolonged survival of 2.4 months. The FDA approved Provenge in April of this year for treating prostate cancer. However, sales have been impacted by limited production, which should be resolved by mid-2011. Critics says Provenge's hefty $93,000 price tag for three treatments is another sales hurdle though the company claims the price is comparable to other available treatments.

"It's been a landmark year for prostate cancer news, where we are hopefully moving towards making prostate cancer a treatable disease that the patient can survive with a specific drug treatment plan," said Dr. Samadi, "In fact, these drugs may not even be rivals, but viable prostate cancer treatment options that can be administered in a series to battle this disease."


'/>"/>
SOURCE RoboticOncology.com
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Health Robotics Expands Operations Into Bosnia, Croatia, Finland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia
2. 100,000th Patient Treated With Accurays CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System
3. With Over 3,000 Robotic Prostatectomy Surgeries to His Credit, Dr. David Samadi, MD Discusses SMART Surgery and How it Improves Sexual and Urinary Function
4. International Robotic Urology Symposium 2011
5. Health Robotics Continues Worldwide Distribution Channel Expansion in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia
6. Robotic Prostatectomy Expert Dr. David Samadi, MD Introduces His SMART Surgery Website for Prostate Cancer Treatment Education
7. Robotic Prostatectomy Expert Dr. David Samadi, MD Talks About Prostate Cancer Treatment News and Developments
8. Robotic Surgery Expert Dr. David B. Samadi, MD Discusses New Evidence That Proves The Low Complication Rates of Robotic Prostatectomy
9. Health Robotics Continues to Dominate I.V. Automation in America, With 11 New Contracts in Second Quarter 2010
10. Health Robotics Surpasses 100 Installations Milestone and Acquires Two I.V. Room of the Future Partner Companies
11. RoboticOncology.com: Robotic Surgeon Dr. David Samadi, MD Introduces His SMART Surgery Technique for Prostate Cancer Treatment
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/11/2017)... Research Corp., also known as ,The Epigenetics Company, announced today the release ... manner using the myDNAge ™ test. Based on Horvath,s Clock, so ... and biostatistics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA ... DNAge ™ technology is used to analyze DNA methylation patterns of ... ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... -- Dr. Echenberg, founder of Echenberg Institute, is announcing a new safe and ... painful intercourse and other painful pelvic pain conditions such as pelvic floor ... ... ... -based start-up company, VuVatech LLC, fills a void in the women,s ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... 2017  BDI Group subsidiary Pathway Purchasing Network, ... organization serving specialty pharmacies, home infusion companies and ... significant, value-added member programs designed to help organizations ... and improve access and affordability for patients who ... Pathway has worked ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:7/20/2017)... , ... July 19, 2017 , ... ... with a larger audience and increased funds raised to support fine arts programs ... of “Disney Aladdin Kids” in Freed-Hardeman University’s Loyd Auditorium. , More than ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 19, 2017 , ... ... Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to train predoctoral dental students in ... needs in rural and underserved areas. , The Predoctoral Pediatric Training Project (PPTP), ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... , ... “Fidget”: a fun-filled, action-packed memoir of adventures. “Fidget” is the creation ... teacher who was a summa cum laude graduate of Gardner Webb University. She has ... After her retirement from public school, Lynn continued to pursue her love for music ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) , ... July 18, ... ... CFR Part 11) , What Strategic Decisions Do You Need to Consider?, ... http://www.fdanews.com/newfinalrule      , 42 CFR Part 11, “Final Rule for Clinical ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... ... July 18, 2017 , ... An inventor from Seattle, ... and easy way to clean, scrub and moisturize the back and other hard-to-reach areas ... surgery that limited movement in my upper body, particularly my shoulders. I found it ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):