Marc B. Garnick, MD, presented “The Prostate – Highlights of Prostate Cancer Advances As Covered in ASCO-SEP” during the 31st International Prostate Cancer Update in July 2021 in Snowbird, Utah.

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The Prostate – Highlights of Prostate Cancer Advances As Covered in ASCO-SEP

Marc B. Garnick, MD, the Gorman Brothers Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provides a capsulated summary of key references from the ASCO Self-Evaluation Program (ASCO-SEP) 7. He also distills information of interest for practice change related to urologic oncology, particularly prostate cancer, published over the last 12-18 months. Dr. Garnick covers topics including: the emerging role and trends of MRI following elevated PSA values; the introduction of the first oral GnRH antagonist (relugolix) for endocrine management of locally advanced, biochemical recurrence or de novo metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer; improvements in overall survival (OS) with the addition of androgen receptor antagonists to androgen deprivation therapy; and approvals of three drugs for improving metastasis-free survival and OS in non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Dr. Garnick then reviews ASCO, European Association of Urology (EAU), and ASTRO guidelines published during the COVID-19 pandemic and concludes by sharing data from within the ASCO-SEP chapter on genitourinary cancers that offer a global perspective on mortality disparities for prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular, and penile cancers. He finishes the presentation by pointing out a “sobering” difference in mortality-to-incidence ratios, a parameter to estimate health system performance, between high- and low-to-middle-income countries worldwide. 

About The 31st Annual International Prostate Cancer Update:

The International Prostate Cancer Update (IPCU), founded in 1990, is a multi-day CME conference focused on prostate cancer treatment updates with expert, international faculty. It is led by expert physicians and is designed for urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other healthcare professionals involved in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Dr. Garnick delivered this educational activity during the 31st iteration of the meeting in July 2021 in Snowbird, Utah.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Garnick is the Gorman Brothers Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he also directs the hospital’s role as a tertiary cancer center for 7 affiliated community cancer centers. He has dedicated his career to the development of new therapies for prostate cancer. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief for The Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, formerly Perspectives on Prostate Disease. He served as the initial academic co-principal investigator for the commonly used prostate cancer drug leuprolide (Lupron). In addition to his academic affiliations, Dr. Garnick founded the Hershey Family Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, serves as medical adviser to World Book Encyclopedia, and is an active advisory member of several FDA panels and advisory committees. He has served on the boards of trustees of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and of Penn Medicine. Dr. Garnick is also a Trustee Emeritus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.