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 …

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 …

New, oral LHRH antagonists in treatment of prostate cancer?

At least three new LHRH receptor antagonists — i.e., drugs similar to degarelix (Firmagon) — are in development at the present time: elagolix, relugolix, and ASP-1707. However, unlike degarelix, all three are agents that would act as oral drugs as opposed to drugs one has to be given as long-term injections. … 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.

Phase IIb trial of ozarelix — a new LHRH receptor antagonist

According to a corporate media release, a company called Spectrum Pharmaceuticals has initiated enrollment of an additional 150 patients into a Phase IIb trial of a new LHRH receptor antagonist called ozarelix (a drug with a similar mechanism of action to degarelix or Firmagon) for the treatment of advanced forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …