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Prostate cancer ‘Rosetta stone’ paves way to new therapies

— almost 90% of metastatic prostate cancers have treatable defects —

A cancer genome sequencing study published last week in the prestigious journal Cell provides new and surprising information about metastatic prostate cancer that has become castration-resistant.

An international consortium of scientists pieced together the first comprehensive map of genetic mutations linked to metastatic prostate cancer from 150 patients and found that almost 90% of the men whose DNA they studied carried potentially treatable defects.

The findings suggest that these advanced cancers may be treated using a precision medicine approach, using a range of medicines that target specific gene mutations. Many of these medicines are already in use or undergoing clinical trials. They also learned that 8% of the men were born with genetic faults that predisposed them to prostate cancer, strengthening the case for screening people with a family history of the disease.

This research is groundbreaking because it provides solid evidence that there may be effective new treatment options for those with advanced prostate cancer who have become resistant to current therapies.

Click to read the original article abstract (you’ll need a subscription to read the entire manuscript).

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APCaRI 2016 Fall Symposium

On Oct. 20-21, 2016, APCaRI will celebrate its 7th research meeting at the Banff Park Lodge, Alberta.

Over 60 participants including clinicians, scientists, clinical research personnel, trainees, benefactors and representatives of PCa support groups will participate in this fun and enriching event.

The team will benefit from the insight and experience that will be shared by keynote speakers: Drs. Edwin Wang, Professor Depts. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics, and Oncology, McGill University;Roy Duncan, Dept. Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry and Pediatrics, Dalhousie University; Susan J. Done, Associate Professor, Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto; and Christopher Bown, Gowlings

In addition, we will have 4 talks from senior scientists Drs. Juan Jovel (Dept Medicine, U of A), Len Luyt (Chemistry Department, U of A), Andries Zijlstra (Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Vanderbilt University), Desmond Pink (Dept Oncology, U of A) and John Lewis (Dept Oncology, U of A), and 16 short talks from trainees from different institutions in the province.

Agenda-APCaRI-2016-fall-symposium

Generously supported by the Bird Dogs and the Alberta Cancer Foundation

- Catalian Vasquez