This falls under the category of what we call "throwing the kitchen sink at it."
Definitely not a cure, but a sustainable period of remission for some of the guys, albeit a relatively small percentage. Most (95%) of the participants saw their PSA drop at least temporarily to undetectable; at the 20 month study endpoint, 20% still had undetectable disease, and half of that 20% (10% overall) had results sustained for more than 6-months after the study endpoint.
This data serves as such a vivid, stark reminder of the dichotomy and widely varying range of the condition we all currently call "prostate cancer." Some cases (the largest percentage, actually) need no treatment at all, while other cases (a small percentage of cases) are virtually unstoppable and deadly. It still baffles me that we still label the lowest-risk cases with the name "cancer" even though it cannot cause death, and we "brand" the men who are discovered to have these low-end cases as "cancer patients." This does a terrible dis-service to those with the aggressive form of the disease...
The quandary in prostate cancer medicine is best summarized by Dr. Willet Whitmore, former Chief of Urology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center many decades ago: "When cure is possible, is it necessary? When cure is necessary, is it possible?"
Post Edited (JackH) : 4/26/2017 10:18:55 AM (GMT-6)