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Clinical Case Discussion: Metastatic Prostate Cancer and Evidence for More Precision Therapy

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A. Edward Yen, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Hematology and Oncology Section at Baylor College of Medicine, introduces a metastatic prostate cancer case, and through it explores and reviews treatment options. He discusses homologous recombination and the role that it plays in DNA repair pathways, noting that 25% of patients with advanced prostate cancer have deleterious mutations in DNA damage repair genes which lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer and chance of having nodal and/or distant metastases. Dr. Yen then reviews the TRITON2 study on rucaparib in mCRPC patients with homologous recombination deficiency and the PROfound study on olaparib in mCRPC patients with homologous recombination repair alterations, both of which found a far greater response to treatment in the cohorts with the target mutations. Next, Dr. Yen discusses PARP inhibitors and their side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, pulmonary embolism, anemia, and others. Through his exploration of treatment options, Dr. Yen concludes that next-line chemotherapy is the best option for the patient given the visceral progression of their disease.
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