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1.  Short-term enzalutamide treatment for the potential remission of active surveillance or intermediate-risk prostate cancer: a case study, review, and the need for a clinical trial 
Active surveillance (AS) is a widely recognized and utilized option by which prostate cancer patients with less aggressive tumors on diagnosis defer immediate traditional conventional therapy (surgery, radiation) and undergo close monitoring by a physician for any clinical or pathologic changes. The juxtaposition of low- to intermediate-risk elderly patients between effective and conventional treatment with associated risks and monitoring without the opportunity for relief of anxiety and other psychological problems can be significant. Minimal and safe treatment over 6 months with the hope of eliminating the existing disease is of significant interest to prostate cancer patients. Unfortunately, dietary supplements have failed to improve and have sometimes even contributed to disease progression. In addition, the use of multiple medications is not always appropriate or safe. In this case study, we administered low doses of enzalutamide (80 mg/day–120 mg/day) in an AS patient during a 6 month period. Results showed a significant reduction in tumor size, as evidenced by magnetic resonance imaging and color Doppler, as well as a an undetectable level of prostate specific antigen during, and immediately following treatment. The use of an oral second-generation androgen-receptor signaling inhibitor was shown to be of benefit to patients unwilling to pursue AS and conventional treatment. Administration of enzalutamide did not reduce testosterone levels, but helped maintain good quality of life, was more cost effective at low doses, and was previously shown to be heart healthy and efficacious during early stages of castration-resistant prostate cancer. Although we do not advocate enzalutamide as a treatment approach in these situations, we believe that a clinical trial to evaluate short-term low-dose treatment using enzalutamide is warranted.
PMCID: PMC4106964  PMID: 25157338
enzalutamide; prostate cancer; active surveillance; dietary supplements; 5α-reductase inhibitors
2.  Abiraterone and Increased Survival in Metastatic Prostate Cancer 
The New England journal of medicine  2011;364(21):1995-2005.
Biosynthesis of extragonadal androgen may contribute to the progression of castration-resistant prostate cancer. We evaluated whether abiraterone acetate, an inhibitor of androgen biosynthesis, prolongs overall survival among patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have received chemotherapy.
We randomly assigned, in a 2:1 ratio, 1195 patients who had previously received docetaxel to receive 5 mg of prednisone twice daily with either 1000 mg of abiraterone acetate (797 patients) or placebo (398 patients). The primary end point was overall survival. The secondary end points included time to prostate-specific antigen (PSA) progression (elevation in the PSA level according to prespecified criteria), progression-free survival according to radiologic findings based on prespecified criteria, and the PSA response rate.
After a median follow-up of 12.8 months, overall survival was longer in the abiraterone acetate–prednisone group than in the placebo–prednisone group (14.8 months vs. 10.9 months; hazard ratio, 0.65; 95% confidence interval, 0.54 to 0.77; P<0.001). Data were unblinded at the interim analysis, since these results exceeded the preplanned criteria for study termination. All secondary end points, including time to PSA progression (10.2 vs. 6.6 months; P<0.001), progression-free survival (5.6 months vs. 3.6 months; P<0.001), and PSA response rate (29% vs. 6%, P<0.001), favored the treatment group. Mineralocorticoid-related adverse events, including fluid retention, hypertension, and hypokalemia, were more frequently reported in the abiraterone acetate–prednisone group than in the placebo–prednisone group.
The inhibition of androgen biosynthesis by abiraterone acetate prolonged overall survival among patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who previously received chemotherapy. (Funded by Cougar Biotechnology; COU-AA-301 number, NCT00638690.)
PMCID: PMC3471149  PMID: 21612468

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