Meeting report from the Prostate Cancer Foundation PSMA-directed radionuclide scientific working group

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) convened a PSMA-Directed Radionuclide Scientific Working Group on November 14, 2017, at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY.

The meeting was attended by 35 global investigators with expertise in prostate cancer biology, radionuclide therapy, molecular imaging, prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-targeted agents, drug development, and prostate cancer clinical trials. The goal of this meeting was to discuss the potential for using PSMA-targeted radionuclide agents for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer and to define the studies and clinical trials necessary for validating and optimizing the use of these agents.

Several major topic areas were discussed including the overview of PSMA biology, lessons and applications of PSMA-targeted PET imaging, the nuances of designing PSMA-targeted radionuclide agents, clinical experiences with PSMA-targeted radionuclides, PCF-funded projects to accelerate PSMA-targeted radionuclide therapy, and barriers to the use of radionuclide treatments in widespread clinical practice.

This article reviews the major topics discussed at the meeting with the goal of promoting research that will validate and optimize the use of PSMA-targeted radionuclide therapies for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.

The Prostate. 2018 May 01 [Epub ahead of print]

Andrea K Miyahira, Kenneth J Pienta, Michael J Morris, Neil H Bander, Richard P Baum, Wolfgang P Fendler, William Goeckeler, Michael A Gorin, Hartwig Hennekes, Martin G Pomper, Oliver Sartor, Scott T Tagawa, Scott Williams, Howard R Soule

Prostate Cancer Foundation, Santa Monica, California., The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute and Department of Urology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York., Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York., THERANOSTICS Center for Molecular Radiotherapy and Molecular Imaging, Zentralklinik Bad Berka, Bad Berka, Germany., University of California, Los Angeles, California., Bayer Healthcare, LLC, Whippany, New Jersey., Bayer AG, Berlin, Germany., Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana., Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia.