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Availability of new drugs Jevtana, Xtandi and Zytiga + earlier, stronger docetaxel gives about 2 years extra life


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Jim Marshall (not a doctor) said ...

These doctors knew that their metastatic castrate resistant patients were living longer with the new drugs available.

So they looked at their records:

Half the men treated in 2006 - 2009 were alive 10.6 months after treatment began; and

Half the men treated in 2009 - 2012 were alive 32.5 months after treatment began.

The two groups were separated by those with Jevtana (cabazitaxel), Xtandi (enzalutamide) and Zytiga (abiraterone) available, or not available.

The later group also had earlier use, and higher doses of Taxotere (docetaxel).

... end Jim

Impact of news drugs in the median overall survival of patients with metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).



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