In light of this work, and through witnessing patients’ experiences in clinical practice, our team is performing a study of cognitive function in men treated with medications that decrease testosterone signaling in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). This trial, titled Cognitive Effects of Androgen Receptor Targeted Therapies for Advanced Prostate Cancer (CogCAP), has been generously supported by funds from the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In this study, 100 men with mCRPC will be randomized to either enzalutamide or abiraterone acetate therapy. They will then complete cognitive assessments over time to determine whether cognitive function changes, and to compare cognitive effects between groups. Men will be recruited from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Northwestern University, and several other sites starting in February 2017.
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This clinical trial will provide prospectively collected data describing the effects of treatment on cognitive function in men with prostate cancer, further characterizing a complication of prostate cancer survivorship that influences men and their families each day. We seek to provide data that allows clinicians to match the right treatment to the right man, personalizing treatment choices by suspected benefits as well as potential complications, and improving the quality of life for prostate cancer survivors and their loved ones.
Written by: Alicia Morgans, MD, MPH
Alicia Morgans, MD, MPH is the Assistant Professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She specializes in the treatment of genitourinary malignancies, including cancers of the prostate, bladder and testis (germ cell) and penis. Dr. Morgans’ research focus is on complications of prostate cancer survivorship and treatment decision making in advanced prostate cancer.
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