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J&J’s Zytiga Boosts Survival in New, Severe Prostate Cancers

  • Findings may change initial treatment for advanced disease
  • Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine
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Johnson & Johnson’s Zytiga helps men newly diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer live longer, according to new findings that could expand use of the medication.

Men who received hormone therapy, the recommended first-time treatment, plus Zytiga were about one-third less likely to die during two studies than those who got standard treatment alone, according to research presented Saturday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. The findings suggest that the drug, currently used to treat men who worsen after getting standard hormone therapy, shouldn’t be withheld until the cancer starts to spread.