Research Article

Advanced carcinoma of the prostate: treatment with a gonadotrophin releasing hormone agonist.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: (Published 21 May 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:1607
  1. J M Allen,
  2. J P O'Shea,
  3. K Mashiter,
  4. G Williams,
  5. S R Bloom


    Ten patients with advanced progressive adenocarcinoma of the prostate were treated with a long acting analogue of gonadotrophin releasing hormone. Eight of these patients responded to treatment in terms of pain relief and clinical regression of tumour. Serum gonadotrophin and testosterone concentrations were significantly suppressed by the end of the second week of treatment, testosterone concentrations being comparable with those achieved by castration. The two patients who failed to respond had both relapsed previously when receiving conventional treatment, and neither showed any endocrine response to the analogue. Superagonists of gonadotrophin releasing hormone may be the treatment of choice in adenocarcinoma of the prostate, but further trials are required to establish long term safety and efficacy.