Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga Helps Eliminate Early-Stage Prostate Cancer

Published: May 17, 2012

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s Zytiga, approved last year to treat metastatic prostate cancer, helped eliminate tumors in high-risk patients whose malignancy hadn’t yet spread, a small study found. The pill was given as an initial therapy before surgery to 58 patients with aggressive tumors that were confined to the prostate gland, a group typically treated with radiation. These patients are rarely cured by surgery and previous studies using older drugs failed to improve survival, said Mary-Ellen Taplin, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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