Combination Therapy with Docetaxel for Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer – New Drugs with New Promise?
When docetaxel first emerged on the prostate cancer scene, the world celebrated our first agent that offered an overall survival benefit for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.1,2 Although, there are now many more agents regulatory approved for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, docetaxel remains an important “tool in our toolbox” in our attempts to improve survival and quality of life for our patients.
For the next decade after docetaxel’s approval for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, the field saw multiple combination therapy trials with docetaxel without any success. This included multiple randomized, phase 3, controlled trials, with no therapeutic agents affording the ability to offer a survival improvement when added to docetaxel.3-11
Evan Yu, MD
Evan Yu, a medical oncologist, treats prostate, bladder, and testicular cancer, and is passionate about providing a personalized medical approach to a selection of novel therapies as well as understanding biologic mechanism of drug sensitivity and resistance.
Medical Oncology, Translational Research, Novel molecular targeted agents, Biomarkers, Imaging (PET scans, MRI), Bone health.
- Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Clinical Research Director, Genitourinary Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- Medical Director, Clinical Research Service, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Consortium
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