Opportunities for Targeted Molecular Therapy for Prostate Cancer

  • Evan Y. Yu
  • William C. Hahn
  • Daniel J. George
  • Philip W. Kantoff
Part of the Current Clinical Urology book series (CCU)


Because of increased screening in the United States, prostate cancer is now frequently diagnosed at a clinically localized stage that is amenable to local therapy. Nevertheless, prostate cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer death in men. A substantial subset of patients with clinically localized prostate cancer will relapse after local therapy, and up to 20% of all patients still present initially with metastatic disease. These patients will generally respond to androgen deprivation therapy, but the vast majority will eventually develop disease progression, refractory to sustained hormonal manipulation. Typically, such patients progress first with a rise in their serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, followed months later by systemic symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, and complications from metastases, such as bone pain, cord compression, and/or urinary obstruction. Unfortunately, standard therapeutic options at this stage of disease are limited. Although activity has recently been demonstrated with chemotherapy for hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC) patients, the response is generally short-lived (1).


Prostate Cancer Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Androgen Receptor Prostate Cancer Cell Focal Adhesion Kinase 
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  • Evan Y. Yu
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  • Daniel J. George
  • Philip W. Kantoff

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