Personalization of prostate cancer prevention and therapy: Are clinically qualified biomarkers in the horizon? - Abstract

Prostate cancer remains the most common malignancy among men and the second leading cause of male cancer-related mortality.

Death from this disease is invariably due to resistance to androgen deprivation therapy. Our improved understanding of the biology of prostate cancer has heralded a new era in molecular anticancer drug development, with multiple novel anticancer drugs for castration resistant prostate cancer now entering the clinic. These include the taxane cabazitaxel, the vaccine sipuleucel-T, the CYP17 inhibitor abiraterone, the novel androgen receptor antagonist MDV-3100 and the radionuclide alpharadin. The management and therapeutic landscape of prostate cancer has now been transformed with this growing armamentarium of effective antitumor agents. This review discusses strategies for the prevention and personalization of prostate cancer therapy, with a focus on the development of predictive and intermediate endpoint biomarkers, as well as novel clinical trial designs that will be crucial for the optimal development of such anticancer therapeutics.

Written by:
Yap TA, Swanton C, de Bono JS.   Are you the author?
Drug Development Unit, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5PT, UK.

Reference: EPMA J. 2012 Jan 12;3(1):3.
doi: 10.1007/s13167-011-0138-2

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 22738151 Prostate Cancer Section