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Dec 1, 2005

Prolonged Hormonal Therapy Best For Prostate Cancer

Prolonged Hormonal Therapy Best For Prostate Cancer
May be prolonged duration of treatment with hormonal agents is the answer to the prostate cancer. Men with high-risk prostate cancer fare better when they are treated with at least 12 months of hormone reduction therapy rather than with a shorter duration of treatment, new research suggests. This holds true regardless of how fast growing or advanced the cancer is.

Hormonal therapy involves androgen deprivation, which means lowering levels of male hormones, such as testosterone, in the body in an effort to block or slow the growth of prostate cancer. Androgen deprivation therapy is most commonly achieved with medications, but sometimes doctors may opt to have the testes removed to completely eliminate the male hormone.

The results that I am discussing came out of a study, which involved 307 patients who received hormonal therapy after radiation therapy. About half of the patients received short-term androgen deprivation therapy, defined as less than 12 months, and half received therapy for longer durations. The patients were followed for around 47 months. The typical duration of treatment in the short-term group was 6 months, whereas the duration in the long-term group was 26 months.

On follow-up, 63 percent of long-term therapy patients had no apparent disease compared with just 37 percent of short-term therapy patients. Moreover, the 5-year survival rate in the long-term group was 88 percent, significantly higher than the 75 percent rate seen in the short-term group.

The study shows that long-term androgen deprivation therapy used along with radiation treatment improves survival rates for high-risk patients, regardless of the cancer's aggressiveness or disease stage, researchers concludes.


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Prostate cancer
The prostate is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in male. The tube that carries urine runs through the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the seminal fluid. This fluid protects and nourishes the sperm. Prostate cancer usually starts in the gland cells of the prostate. This kind of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is usually a slow disease, but sometimes it can grow fast and spread quickly to other organs.

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