LHRH Antagonists vs LHRH Agonists: Which Is More Beneficial in Prostate Cancer Therapy?
June 09, 2009
Crawford and Hou review the data on luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) antagonists in prostate cancer. They describe the results of a phase III trial comparing monthly degarelix to monthly leuprolide in men with advanced prostate cancer. Degarelix treatment was associated with a more rapid decline of serum testosterone, and was not associated with an initial surge of serum testosterone seen during the first few days of treatment with leuprolide. They discuss the role of this new form of medical gonadal suppression for the treatment of prostate cancer.