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Myriad Genetics announces encouraging results from prostate cancer test study

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Dec 18, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc., a molecular diagnostic company, has announced that Prolaris test study, which measures cell cycle progression, or CCP, genes, significantly predicts PSA biochemical recurrence in patients after treatment with external beam radiation therapy, or EBRT.

Researchers at Durham VA Medical Center, Duke University School of Medicine, and Myriad Genetics analyzed biopsy specimens from 152 patients with prostate cancer. In this prospectively collected cohort, the Prolaris test was a significant predictor of biochemical recurrence in patients that had undergone radiation treatment (p=0.0017).

After adjustment for Gleason score, PSA percent positive cores, and concurrent anti-hormone therapy, the Prolaris test accurately predicted those patients who would benefit from radiation therapy (p=0.034).

"Current approaches to the management of patients with prostate cancer lead to significant under and overtreatment of patients," said Stephen Freedland, Durham VA Medical Center and Duke University School of Medicine. "Measurement of the CCP score identifies prostate cancer patients at high risk of progression despite conventional radiation therapy who might be considered for more aggressive treatment regimens."

Approximately 25% of men who undergo primary radiation therapy will suffer potentially life threatening disease recurrence and progression. The Prolaris test could be used to identify these at-risk patients prior to their initial treatment. These patients may be appropriate candidates for more aggressive combination therapies such as radiation with anti-androgen therapy or chemotherapy.

The clinically important information that Prolaris provides cannot be obtained from currently available clinical parameters. In addition, this is the first Prolaris study that contained a significant number of African American men, a population known to be at especially high risk for aggressive prostate cancer.

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