Olaparib For Prostate Cancer
- The FDA has approved Olaparib, a PARP Inhibitor for men battling advanced metastatic prostate cancer with specific gene-mutations.
- Experts say the approval of Olaparib will allow doctors to determine the best treatment options for patients
- The drug represents a new option that may prolong patients’ lives and stop the cancer from progressing
Olaparib (brand name LYNPARZA) was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for men who have a form of advanced prostate cancer that is not responding to therapy with hormones. Specifically, these men are classified as having metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).Read More
For mCRPC patients, the approval of Olaparib represents a step towards more personalized therapies, where doctors will be able to examine genetic markers in patients’ tumors in order to provide suitable and accurate treatment options. For those within a specific subgroup, this can be life-saving.
“It is an important step forward in the goal of personalized medicine – to understand someone’s tumor at the genomic level and pick the best treatment for them based upon their tumor,” Dr. Freedland explains. “This approval clearly establishes that HRR mutations are important in prostate cancer and opens the door to testing these agents even earlier in the disease as well as in combination with other therapies.”
The Importance Of Genetic Testing In Prostate Cancer
For advanced prostate cancer patients, genetic testing not only provides clues as to how to treat the disease, but it may also reveal the cancer’s genetic tendency to behave in a certain way. This means genetic testing may be critical way oncologists can tailor patients’ treatments in order to have the best results.
Additionally, learning whether you have a genetic cancer gene will be extremely significant for other family members, since men with a family history are considered high risk and need to be screened at a much younger age.
“We think there are actually a diverse set of drugs that we can apply to men [with genetic mutations], and that’s actually paving the way for a lot of innovative new clinical trials to match patients to those drugs based off of their genetics, which again sort of emphasizes our goal of actually bringing precision medicine to prostate cancer,” Dr. Eli Van Allen, a medical oncologist specializing in prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, tells SurvivorNet.