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From the Desk of Evan Yu: “Androgen Receptor Mutations in Prostate Cancer; A Worthwhile Therapeutic Target?”

Evan Y. Yu
May 15, 2019

The importance of the androgen receptor (AR) in prostate cancer is without debate.  Androgen deprivation therapy is essentially the original “targeted therapy” in all of oncology.  This has been further emphasized with the next generation of regulatory-approved androgen- and AR-targeted agents, such as abiraterone acetate, enzalutamide, and apalutamide.  Certain spliced-variants of the AR, such as ARv7, have potential to serve as a disease biomarker, offering prognostic value with potential for predicting resistance to agents like abiraterone acetate and enzalutamide.1  However, therapeutic attempts to target ARv7 have been fraught with challenges when agents like galeterone and niclosamide have been utilized.2


Dr. Evan Yu, MD

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.

Clinical Expertise

Medical Oncology, Translational Research, Novel molecular targeted agents, Biomarkers, Imaging (PET scans, MRI), Bone health.

  • Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Assistant Fellowship Director, Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Training Program, University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
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