Data presented just now at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting at Chicago shows that the Enzalutamide ( Xtandi) tablets improve survival in advanced prostate cancer patients.
So in addition to starting hormone injections to suppress production of testosterone hormones , additional treatment with Enzalutamide ( Xtandi) helps in controlling cancer much more longer.
What’s the downside: The tablets do have physical side effects such as fatigue and it needs to be taken continuously. Since it is a oral medication, in some countries patients do end up paying a lot ( co-pays).
Furthermore, the benefits of Enzalutamide ( Xtandi) is limited to patients who didn’t receive intravenous docetaxel chemotherapy.
Having six doses of chemotherapy over 18 weeks seems to provide the same benefits as 36+ months of Enzalutamide ( Xtandi) .
Other agents are also available in this setting.
So patients need a detailed discussion with their oncologists !!!
Disclaimer: Please note- This blog is NOT medical advice. This blog is purely for information only. See your own doctor to discuss concerns and options relevant for you.