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Drake Highlights PARP Inhibitors, Immunotherapy in Prostate Cancer

Angelica Welch
Published: Wednesday, Nov 08, 2017

Charles Drake, MD, PhD

Charles Drake, MD, PhD
Following in the steps of ovarian cancer, PARP inhibitors have begun to show promise in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Olaparib (Lynparza), in particular, has demonstrated high response rates in patients with DNA-repair defects.

, Drake shared insight on the current status of both PARP inhibitors and immunotherapy in prostate cancer, emphasizing that immunotherapy is still very much a player in the prostate cancer field, with ongoing trials exploring checkpoint inhibitors.

OncLive: What is the excitement with PARP inhibitors in prostate cancer?

Drake: The paper that Dr Johann de Bono's group published in the New England Journal of Medicine a couple of years ago suggested that patients with mutations and DNA damage-repair genes demonstrated high responses to PARP inhibitors. The responses were nice and very meaningful, and some of them persisted for a very long time. That is a very important clinical finding.
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