prostate cancer treatment trial
Urologist serving Houston, Tomball, Magnolia, The Woodlands, Montgomery, Conroe, Willowbrook and CyFair
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What's Involved in The Study?
Your doctor will give you complete details of the study, which basically consists of three phases:
Phase 1 - Treatment
You will receive three courses of the experimental treatment. Each course involves the injection of a dose of either ProstAtak or placebo, followed by 14 days of valacyclovir pills. The injections are performed using transrectal-guided ultrasound (TRUS), the same method used to perform a prostate biopsy. The needle, however is much thinner, and no tissue is cut from the prostate. The procedure requires only a few minutes.
Phase 2 - Follow-up
Following the completion of radiation therapy, you will be monitored at intervals of 3,6,12,18 and 24 months. These visits will include normal physical exams and routine blood work, including checking your PSA.(These evaluations would be performed as standard of care, even if you did not participate in this study.) Approximately two years after radiation therapy, you will undergo a prostate biopsy to help evaluate the effect of ProstAtak and standard of care treatments on your prostate cancer.
Phase 3 - Long-term Follow-up
After the two year biopsy, you will be evaluated every six months for the next three years, and then yearly to asess the long-term efects of your treatments and for general health status. Yearly evaluations for prostate cancer are standard of care, and include both a PSA blood test and physical exam.