Intermittent Androgen Deprivation May Improve QoL in Prostate Cancer

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Sindy Magnan, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Division of Radiation Oncology, Department of Medicine
CHU de Québe Université Laval
Québec City, Québec, Canada

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Magnan : Androgen deprivation is the standard therapy for patients with advanced or recurrent prostate cancer. Intermittent administration of this treatment could offer several advantages over the standard continuous administration by delaying the development of castration-resistant disease and by reducing the drugs’ adverse effects. However, this mode of administration remains controversial. We thus conducted a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to compare the effectiveness and tolerability of intermittent versus continuous androgen deprivation. Intermittent therapy was non-inferior to continuous therapy with respect to overall survival. No major difference in global quality of life was observed between the two interventions, but some quality-of-life criteria, mainly in relation with physical and sexual functioning, seemed improved with intermittent therapy.

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Are Bisphosphonates Underutilized In Men on Androgen Deprivation Therapy?

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Shabbir M. H. Alibhai, MD, MSc and
Husayn Gulamhusein, BHSc
Department of Medicine, University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

MedicalResearch: In 2009, we published a research letter in JAMA which examined the rate of bone mineral density (BMD) testing in men starting androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in the province of Ontario, Canada, between 1995 and 2008. Despite being recommended as a tool to better characterize fracture risk and optimize bone health, use of bone mineral density testing was low throughout the study period. This current study focuses on another aspect of bone health, which is the use of bisphosphonates among men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. Bisphosphonates are generally safe and effective medications that can reduce fracture risk particularly in those at higher risk of future fracture. Throughout the 17-year study period, we found that rates of new prescriptions for bisphosphonates remained low. Even when focusing on those men who should be receiving bisphosphonates as per Canadian guidelines due to their high risk for future fracture, i.e. those with a prior fragility fracture or prior diagnosis of osteoporosis, prescription rates remained low. Moreover, in all three groups, new bisphosphonate prescriptions dipped between the 2007-09 and 2010-12 time periods. This may be partly due to recent negative media attention regarding the association of bisphosphonates with rare but serious side effects (i.e. osteonecrosis of the jaw and atypical femoral fracture).
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Localized Prostate Cancer: Study Finds Primary Androgen Deprivation Therapy Not Associated With Survival Benefit

Grace Lu-Yao PhD, MPH Professor of Medicine Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2681MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Grace Lu-Yao PhD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2681

Medical Research: What are the main findings of the study?

Dr. Lu-Yao: Primary ADT (ie., use of androgen deprivation as an alternative to surgery, radiation or conservative management for the initial management of prostate cancer) is not associated with improved overall or disease specific survival.
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