SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MYGN) today announced results from PROCEDE 500, a clinical utility study with its Prolaris test, at the 2014 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco, Calif. The study demonstrated the significant clinical value of Prolaris to physicians who are treating men with prostate cancer. Prolaris is a prognostic test that accurately predicts prostate cancer-specific death and metastases and has been validated in 11 clinical studies with more than 5,000 patients.
"Prolaris has opened the door to a new era of personalized cancer treatment for men with prostate cancer," said Michael Brawer, M.D. vice president of medical affairs at Myriad Genetic Laboratories. "The Prolaris score is a stronger predictor of prostate cancer death and recurrence than either Gleason score or PSA (prostate specific antigen), and delivers clinically relevant information not provided by any other prognostic test."
PROCEDE 500 is an ongoing prospective registry study designed to examine the clinical utility of Prolaris. Currently, 331 patients have been enrolled and 150 clinicians have completed surveys in 305 cases to assess the influence of the Prolaris score on clinical decision making. Results for these interim data show that in 65 percent of cases, physicians changed their intended therapy and selected a different treatment based on the Prolaris test score. In 40 percent of patients, physicians reduced the therapeutic burden on patients and opted for conservative management options such as active surveillance and watchful waiting. In 25 percent of cases, physicians increased treatments including the use of surgery or radiation, and in 35 percent of cases, physicians did not change their treatment plans. Full results from PROCEDE 500 have been submitted to a peer-reviewed medical journal for publication.
"As a clinical researcher, I advocate for evidence-based medicine. The Prolaris test score accurately tells me if a patient has an aggressive prostate cancer or not and guides my treatment decisions," said Ashok Kar, M.D., St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange, Calif. "As a practicing physician, I must ask the same question for every patient; should I use surgery or radiation, or should I use active surveillance and watchful waiting? Prolaris helps me answer this critical clinical question."
Prolaris is a novel RNA-expression test that directly measures tumor cell growth characteristics for stratifying the risk of disease progression in prostate cancer patients. Prolaris provides a quantitative measure of the RNA expression levels of 31 genes related to the progression of tumor cell division. Low gene expression is associated with a low risk of disease progression in men who may be candidates for surveillance and high gene expression is associated with a higher risk of disease progression in patients who may benefit from additional therapy. Prolaris has been proven to predict prostate cancer-specific disease progression in 11 clinical trials with more than 5,000 patients. For more information visit: www.prolaris.com and www.myriad.com/understanding-prostate-cancer/.
About Myriad Genetics
Myriad Genetics is a leading molecular diagnostic company dedicated to making a difference in patients' lives through the discovery and commercialization of transformative tests to assess a person's risk of developing disease, guide treatment decisions and assess risk of disease progression and recurrence. Myriad's molecular diagnostic tests are based on an understanding of the role genes play in human disease and were developed with a commitment to improving an individual's decision making process for monitoring and treating disease. Myriad is focused on strategic directives to introduce new products, including companion diagnostics, as well as expanding internationally. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company's website: www.myriad.com.
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