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Urology. 2001 Aug;58(2 Suppl 1):56-64.

Androgen deprivation therapy for patients with clinically localized (stages T1 to T3) prostate cancer and for patients with biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy.

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  • 1Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco/Mount Zion Cancer Center, San Francisco, California 94143-0738, USA.

Abstract

Recently published studies suggest a benefit for androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) delivered early in the course of prostate cancer. However, the use of ADT specifically in patients with clinically localized disease or biochemical-disease recurrence after local therapy is not well defined. Potential candidates for primary ADT include patients who are poor candidates for definitive local therapy because of advanced age or comorbid conditions, as well as patients with significant local disease who refuse standard therapy. Treatment strategies designed to minimize the side effects of prolonged therapy, such as intermittent ADT or antiandrogen monotherapy, show promise as alternatives to continuous ADT in some patients. The role of ADT in patients with clinically localized and recurrent prostate cancer, whether it is delivered in a continuous or intermittent fashion, must be determined in randomized, prospective trials.

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