Receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer can be frightening and confusing. Understanding the details of your specific cancer and how they relate to your prognosis and treatment planning is an important first step toward shared decision-making between you and your physicians. In these CURE Connections programs you will learn the meaning of the PSA test, prostate cancer staging and grading, and how these factors are used to determine which treatment approach is right for you. Management of prostate cancer related symptoms, available treatments, and how to deal with side effects are also discussed. In addition, you will hear from patients and caregivers about their personal experiences with prostate cancer.
Leonard Gomella, M.D., recommends that healthcare providers familiarize themselves with how each novel biomarker should be used and then decide which one to use for a more individualized approach in clinical practice.
While other tumor types have seen extraordinary progress with immunotherapy agents such as Opdivo (nivolumab) and Yervoy (ipilimumab), they have not yet shown similar success in the treatment of prostate cancer. Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., weighs in.
In an interview with CURE at the Interdisciplinary Prostate Cancer Congress, Celesita Higano, M.D., discussed the early use of chemotherapy, the potential for PARP inhibitors and the evolving role of radium-223 in prostate cancer.