Cabonzantinib Promises Shrinkage of Prostate Cancer Tumors

May 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

Research on a new drug known as Cabonzantinib has shown that men who took it have evidence that their prostate cancer condition is minimized. This is another breakthrough in the course and research for finding the best treatments for cancer of the prostate. A new study from the Clinical Research at the University of Michigan has confirmed the link of this drug with treatment of advanced prostate cancer.

You can read the following excerpt to know how this new drug works against prostate cancer cells. There is also a background information prostate cancer which would be invaluable to this discussion:

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in a man’s prostate. It is one of the most frequent forms of cancer affecting men. About one in every six men will be diagnosed with this disease sometime during the course of his life. (SOURCE: www.mayoclinic.com)

TREATMENT: There is no “one size fits all” treatment for prostate cancer. For prostate cancer in its early stages treatment may include:

Surgery (radical prostatectomy)

Radiation therapy, including brachytherapy and proton therapy

If the prostate cancer has spread, treatment may include:

Hormone therapy (medicines to reduce testosterone levels)

Chemotherapy  (SOURCE: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth, www.pcf.org)

PREVENTION: Here are a few ways men can lower their risks of prostate cancer:

Eat fewer calories or exercise more so that you maintain a healthy weight.

Try to keep the amount of fat you get from red meat and dairy products to a minimum.

Watch your calcium intake. Do not take supplemental doses far above the recommended daily allowance. Some calcium is OK, but avoid taking more than 1,500 mg of calcium a day.

Eat more fish – evidence from several studies suggest that fish can help protect against prostate cancer because they have “good fat” particularly omega-3 fatty acids. Avoid Trans fatty acids (found in margarine).

Try to incorporate cooked tomatoes that are cooked with olive oil, which has also been shown to be beneficial, and cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower) into many of your weekly meals. Soy and green tea are also potential dietary components that may be helpful.  (Source: www.pcf.org)

LATEST BREAKTHROUGHS: A new drug called cabozantinib is showing early promise treating patients with prostate cancer, particularly against tumors that have spread to the bone.

“The most striking finding is the fact that we saw broad evidence of anticancer effects including shrinkage of tumors in about 70% of patients, dramatic improvements in bone scans,  pain improvement in patients who  had pain to start with and overall delay in the progression of the cancer,” Dr. Maha Hussain, an Associate Director for Clinical Research at University  of Michigan, said. Read the full article here.

So, it is good news that Cabozantinib is now a breakthrough drug for prostate cancer. More research should be carried out so it can be included as a standard treatment for prostate cancer. The medical community should ensure that every crooked path to the development of this drug be polished so it can boost the array of existing medications for prostate cancer. One point to note is, this medication has shown to produce minor side effects. Thus, for this, it could be a most effective drug.

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