Molecular Targeted Therapies of Prostate Cancer

  • Panagiotis J. Vlachostergios
  • Marcia Paddock
  • Ana M. Molina
Part of the Molecular Pathology Library book series (MPLB)


Recent advances in androgen deprivation therapies for prostate cancer (PCa) have improved patient outcomes. In addition, metastatic biopsies enable a better molecular characterization of the evolving phenotype and underlying gene alterations. A novel landscape of druggable targets has been unraveled within several aberrant pathways, including androgen receptor (AR) signaling, proliferation, cell cycle progression, angiogenesis, immune evasion, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), stress response, DNA repair, and epigenetic regulation. The disease upon progression typically remains androgen-driven, but identification of true molecular drivers with direct or indirect association with AR signaling or totally androgen-independent as well as development and validation of surrogate markers of response are areas of active research. A plethora of established and promising new therapeutic strategies have emerged, and identifying the most effective combinations and sequencing is the key to further progress.


Molecular target Prostate cancer Androgen signaling Castration resistance Biologic therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panagiotis J. Vlachostergios
    • 1
  • Marcia Paddock
    • 1
  • Ana M. Molina
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Meyer Cancer CenterNew York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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