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KangDuo Surgical Robot-01 system feasible for robot-assisted radical prostatectomy
Stephen Padilla, 2 days ago
Use of the KangDuo Surgical Robot-01 (KD-SR-01) system for the management of localized prostate cancer is safe and effective, according to the initial results of a prospective, single-centre study.
Semen Analysis cover image
2 days ago
Race or ethnicity does not appear to contribute to abnormal semen parameters in men undergoing semen analysis (SA) after controlling for body mass index (BMI), insurance status, and neighbourhood income, according to a study.
Negative transrectal ultrasound biopsy tied to low prostate cancer death
3 days ago
Prostate cancer-specific mortality is very low among men with negative transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) biopsies, particularly those with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) <10 ng/ml, reports a study.
The pitfalls of genetic testing
Tristan Manalac, 3 days ago
Rare and deleterious germline mutations affecting inflammatory response and cellular signaling pathways associate strongly with the time to biochemical recurrence (BCR) after radical treatment in patients with prostate cancer (PrCa), according to a recent study.
Depression, sleep disturbance tied to urinary symptoms in men with LUTS
4 days ago
In men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), urinary symptom subdomains show an independent association with modifiable clinical variables such as sleep quality and depression at all time points, a study has found. However, these variables do not predict the degree of improvement in LUTS after assessment and treatment over the medium term.
Sacituzumab govitecan shows promise in advanced bladder cancer
Tristan Manalac, 4 days ago
Heart diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), concomitant cancers, and other co-occurring diseases elevate the risk of death in patients with nonmuscular invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), nonmetastatic muscle invasive bladder cancer (non-MMIBC), and metastatic bladder cancer (MBC), according to a recent study.
Nintedanib falls short in bladder cancer trial
Audrey Abella, 5 days ago
In the phase II NEOBLADE* trial, the addition of the multikinase** inhibitor nintedanib to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (CT) consisting of gemcitabine and cisplatin failed to improve pathological complete response (pCR) and progression-free survival (PFS) in individuals with locally advanced muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC).

Special Reports
Optimizing metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer treatment in advanced prostate cancer
Assoc Prof. Darren Poon, Assoc Prof. Edmund Chiong, 14 Jan 2021
Metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) refers to the condition whereby patients have metastatic prostate cancer and no prior hormonal therapy or androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Typically, patients with mHSPC have been treated with ADT alone, following which, the overwhelming majority develop castration resistance over time and head towards eventual mortality. In recent years, the publication of various landmark trials has prompted dramatic changes in the mHSPC treatment landscape, and had favourably impacted overall survival (OS) in these patients. At a recent webinar, A/Prof Darren Poon, Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Oncology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, reviewed treatment options in mHSPC, while A/Prof Edmund Chiong, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Urology, National University Hospital, Singapore, presented a case which was discussed by an esteemed panel of experts. This webinar was jointly organized by the Singapore Society of Oncology and the Singapore Urological Association, and supported by Astellas. 
Conference Reports
Olaparib-abiraterone combo improves PFS in mCRPC
Roshini Claire Anthony, 16 Mar 2022

The combination of olaparib and abiraterone in the first-line setting improved radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), results of the phase III PROpel trial showed.

Continuing enzalutamide after progression improves PFS in mCRPC
Roshini Claire Anthony, 09 Mar 2022

In patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who experience disease progression while on enzalutamide treatment, continuing enzalutamide appears to improve progression-free survival (PFS), according to results of the phase IIIb PRESIDE trial.

Triplet therapy with darolutamide a potential new standard of care for mHSPC
Pearl Toh, 06 Mar 2022
Adding darolutamide to androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) plus docetaxel significantly increases overall survival (OS) in patients with metastatic, hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC), according to the ARASENS* trial presented at the ASCO GUCS 2022.
Niraparib-abiraterone-prednisone combo improves multiple outcomes in HRR+ mCRPC
Roshini Claire Anthony, 04 Mar 2022

In patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) with homologous recombination repair (HRR) gene alterations*, combining niraparib with abiraterone acetate plus prednisone (AAP) in the first-line setting improved radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) and other outcomes, results of the phase III MAGNITUDE study showed.

High-dose ipilimumab augments nivolumab benefit for TCC
Audrey Abella, 01 Mar 2022
In the phase II TITAN-TCC* trial presented at ASCO GU 2022, the addition of ipilimumab to nivolumab led to improved responses in patients with pretreated (second/third line) advanced/metastatic or surgically unresectable transitional cell carcinoma (TCC).
Avelumab continues to show promise for bladder cancer
Audrey Abella, 28 Feb 2022
In individuals with advanced urothelial carcinoma (UC), a first-line maintenance treatment regimen comprising a combination of avelumab and best supportive care (BSC) provided better survival benefit than BSC alone, according to long-term and subgroup analyses of the phase III JAVELIN Bladder 100 trial presented at ASCO GU 2022.
Obesity may influence survival in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer
Roshini Claire Anthony, 08 Sep 2021

The obesity paradox, where obesity appears to confer a protective effect, was noted in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), with improved survival outcomes among obese patients with metastatic CRPC, according to a study from EAU21.