Monitoring and treatment of minimal residual cancer of the prostate.

G. Mathé, A. V. Schally, A. M. Comaru-Schally, R. Y. Mauvernay, M. L. Vovan, D. Machover, J. L. Misset, B. Court, P. Bouchard, J. Duchier

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In manifest prostatic carcinoma, partial and complete remissions are obtained in 14-44% of patients as judged by different sets of criteria, but in up to 61% as judged by a decrease in prostatic acid phosphatase. Moreover, this decrease is poorly correlated to that of prostatic size. Prostatic acid phosphatase is therefore considered to be a relatively non-specific tumor marker. A complete remission, i.e. a stage of minimal residual disease, is obtained in about 25% of the patients. Continued endocrine treatment involves the risk of a flare-up of the disease, which is probably small. Additionally, in minimal residual disease, prolonged maintenance treatment requires minimization of side effects. D-Trp-6-LH-RH appears to lead to less gynecomastia and thromboembolism than some other forms of adjuvant therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-74
Number of pages10
JournalBulletin de la Societe des Sciences Medicales du Grand-Duche de Luxembourg
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1989
Externally publishedYes

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