About one-quarter of all tumors are considered to be hormone-sensitive: different forms of hematologic malignancies belong to this group, since treatment with corticosteroids plays an important antitumor role in these diseases. Hormone responsiveness, which was strikingly demonstrated as early as 1898 by Beatson, who performed the first oophorectomy for breast cancer, represents an intringuing biologic phenomenon, since it opposes the often held dogma of a complete autonomy of the tumor growth. This may be more understandable today, now that our biologic comprehension of oncogenesis is rapidly evolving.
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