New study results released by Tulane University oncologist Dr. Oliver Sartor hold promising news for African-American men fighting advanced prostate cancer.
African-American men treated with immunotherapy drug sipuleucel-T had a median nine-month overall survival advantage compared to Caucasian men with the disease, according to an analysis of 1,900 patients who received the treatment between 2011 and 2013.
"These new findings are very encouraging given that African-American men with prostate cancer have a mortality rate more than twice as high as Caucasian men."
Dr. Oliver Sartor
The analysis found that African-American patients in the study had a median overall survival of 37.3 months compared to 28 months for Caucasian patients. Among the group of patients with the lowest median prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels at the time of treatment, African-American patients demonstrated over 16 months improved survival compared with Caucasian patients (54.3 months vs. 37.4 months, respectively).
“The fact that we saw an even greater benefit in African-American patients within the lower PSA quartile ranges is also important and provides further evidence that sipuleucel-T is best used early for those with metastatic hormone-resistant disease.”
Sartor was part of the steering committee that lead the study registry and headed up the analysis focusing on African-American patients’ results.