Updates on denosumab to prevent bone metastases?

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Question from Mertz: In light of continuing concerns about long-time use of Zometa in the metastatic setting, was there any update about a possible new drug that might have fewer side effects called denosumab?
Answers - Andrew D. Seidman, M.D. It is an exciting time in our understanding of the biology and treatment and prevention of bone metastases. Denosumab (brand name: Prolia) is an agent that is emerging as a powerful tool against osteoporosis in osteolytic metastases from breast cancer, prostate cancer, and multiple myeloma. While it has a favorable safety profile as the questioner implied, it is not without possible toxicities. It was recently approved by the FDA for treatment of osteoporosis and is considered for its role in treating bone metastases.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2010 ASCO Annual Meeting featured Andrew Seidman, M.D. and Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

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