Cardiovascular side effects of ADT

A poster presentation given the other day at the annual meeting of the Canadian Urological Association addressed the relative cardiovascular risks of LHRH agonist and antagonist therapies. … READ MORE …

Early data from the PATCH trial in the UK

Since 2007 a randomized clinical trial in the UK (the so-called PATCH trial) has been comparing the effectiveness and safety of transdermal estradiol patches to implants of an LHRH receptor agonist (goserelin acetate) in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Are LHRH antagonists more appropriate for some patients than LHRH agonists?

A new paper from a panel of experts in the UK has suggested that the use of LHRH antagonists (e.g., degarelix) may be more appropriate than the use of LHRH agonists (e.g., leuprolide acetate of goserelin acetate) in some prostate cancer patients. … READ MORE …

What else was in the news today?

Today’s news contained items that run the spectrum from the clinical value of tomatoes and lycopene via the cardiovascular side effects of LHRH agonists and antagonists to the question of whether proton beam radiation therapy is really cost-effective. So here are the “news shorts” for the day: … READ MORE …

Is treatment with degarelix really “better” than treatment with an LHRH agonist?

One of our regular readers has asked us to comment on a paper suggesting the possibility of “significant improvement” in various outcomes for men initially treated with the LHRH antagonist degarelix as compared to the LHRH agonists leuprolide acetate and goserelin acetate. … READ MORE …

Are Canadian patients told enough about side effects of LHRH agonist therapy?

According to a survey of 75 Canadian physicians, there is a degree of disagreement among these physicians about what they should tell their patients about the side effects known to be associated with the use of LHRH agonists as a form of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). … READ MORE …

New review of current practice in use of LHRH receptor agonists and antagonists

The full text of a recent review on the use of LHRH receptor agonists (e.g., leuprolide acetate, goserelin acetate) asnd LHRH receptor antagonists (e.g., degarelix) has recently been published by Shore et al. in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. The full text of the article is also available on line on the Medscape Oncology web site.