Some of the 165,000 U.S. men who are estimated to receive a new diagnosis of prostate cancer this year will develop resistance to hormonal therapies for the disease, but a new study by a doctor now at Northwestern Memorial Hospital points to use of an existing drug to help treat them.This kind of aggressive cancer has challenged doctors, as effective treatment to improve outcomes for these men hadn’t existed previously.
But a clinical trial led by Dr. Maha Hussain, now an oncologist at Northwestern Memorial, showed that taking a drug, enzalutamide, resulted in a 71 percent lower risk of cancer spread or death, compared to those taking a placebo during the three-year trial. The patients involved all had prostate cancer that hadn’t spread but that also had not responded to hormone treatment.
Men taking the drug also had delayed cancer reappearance for almost two years.
Observed annually on the first Sunday in June, National Cancer Survivor’s Day has been set aside to “demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.”
Each year on National Cancer Survivor’s Day, events and celebrations are held and hosted around the United States by local communities, hospitals and support groups honoring cancer survivors. Events may include parades, carnivals, art exhibits, contests and testimonies. President George W. Bush and the National Cancer Institute director each included a commencement at the 2008 celebration.
So today is my day and my mom’s day and countless other people’s day. I’m a kidney cancer survivor – 12 years now!
My mom survived colon cancer TWICE
My sister-in-law survived breast cancer TWICE
My DH survived melanoma and is working hard at surviving prostate cancer.
It hasn’t been all good though. There have been many more in my extended family who did not survive, including my dad and my aunt.
Congratulations to the survivors on this special “Who Knew” holiday, National Cancer Survivor’s Day