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Clinical Trials in Prostatic Cancer: Methodology and Controversies

  • H. I. Scher
  • A. Yagoda
Part of the Clinical Practice in Urology book series (PRACTICE UROLOG)

Abstract

Prostatic cancer is a heterogeneous disorder with varying biologic potential. The prevalence of asymptomatic disease in up to 28% of autopsy series has led some to consider this an innocuous disease of the elderly (Breslow et al. 1977; Mettlin 1983). However, despite new biologic markers (Guinan 1981; Pontes 1983; Zweig and Ihde 1985), the proportion of patients with stages C and D at diagnosis has not changed (Slack et al. 1986) and the annual death rate has remained constant (Silverberg 1985). Although new hormonal therapies have recently been introduced (Trachtenberg 1984; Drago et al. 1985; Labrie et al. 1985; Eisenberg et al. 1986), no consistent improvement in response rate, response duration, or survival has been observed. More disturbing is a recent analysis showing an increase in the proportion of deaths attributable to prostatic cancer for patients diagnosed from 1980 to 1983 (Slack et al. 1986). Clearly, new therapeutic modalities are needed.

Keywords

Prostatic Cancer Clin Oncol Metastatic Prostatic Cancer Prostatic Acid Phosphatase Estramustine Phosphate 
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  • H. I. Scher
  • A. Yagoda

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