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Rev Urol. 2003;5 Suppl 3:S28-37.

Neoadjuvant Therapy for Prostate Cancer: An Oncologist's Perspective.


With increasing use of prostate-specific antigen as a screening tool, diagnosis of prostate cancer has undergone a stage migration toward early-stage disease. Although this has increased the proportion of men who are candidates for definitive, potentially curative therapy, it has also made clear the limitations of our current standard of care. Specifically, despite adequate local therapy, a significant proportion of men go on to develop progressive disease. Neoadjuvant systemic therapy is one approach that continues to be studied as a way to maximize cure rates in the setting of early-stage disease. This article reviews the current data regarding neoadjuvant therapy, both hormonal and chemotherapy, and discusses which men are appropriate candidates for this option.

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