Neoadjuvant Therapy for Men with High Risk Disease Prior to Prostatectomy - Mary-Ellen Taplin

February 23, 2018

(Length of Conversation: 19 min)

Mary-Ellen Taplin, MD, and Alicia Morgans, MD discuss the topic of neoadjuvant therapy for men with high-risk disease prior to surgery, specifically, prior to prostatectomy.  Among the topics discussed include the importance of studying neoadjuvant chemotherapy and hormonal therapies in clinical trials before being used more broadly in everyday clinical practice, patient selection, and Mary-Ellen’s 2018 ASCO GU talk “Newly Diagnosed High-Risk Disease Treatment: Summarizing Neoadjuvant Trials”.

They briefly discuss the ICECaP study Mary-Ellen completed with Rana McKay on testosterone recovery after androgen deprivation therapy.  They also highlight the PUNCH trial which is scheduled to conclude later in 2018.  This will be the only phase III clinical trial in the current era which will show the outcomes of neoadjuvant treatment prior to prostatectomy and is the last large phase III trial, in high risk localized prostate cancer, which started 11 years ago.

Mary-Ellen Taplin, MD is a medical oncologist in Boston, Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She received her medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years.  She completed a residency in internal medicine and chief residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and an oncology-hematology fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 
Dr. Taplin was on staff in medical oncology-hematology as an assistant and then associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts from 1993 to 2003, when she joined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Alicia Morgans, MD, MPH

Further Related Content:

A Presentation by Mary-Ellen Taplin at the 2018 ASCO GU Meeting: Newly Diagnosed High-Risk Disease Treatment: Summarizing Neoadjuvant Trials

From the Desk of the Associate Editor: Revisiting Neoadjuvant ADT Prior to Prostatectomy

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