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Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 1991 Dec;20(4):845-72.

Endocrine therapy for prostate cancer.

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Department of Molecular Endocrinology, CHUL Research Center, Quebec, Canada.


Prostate cancer is the most frequent cancer in men. A discovery of major importance in the endocrinology of prostate cancer is that the testes contribute only 60% of total androgens in adult men; the remaining 40% are synthesized in peripheral tissues, including the normal and cancerous prostate, from inactive androgen precursors of adrenal origin. Using a combination therapy that includes a pure blocker of the androgen receptor or antiandrogen and castration (medical with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonist or surgical by orchiectomy), the duration of response and survival have been demonstrated to be prolonged for the first time in advanced prostate cancer.

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