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Hormone treatment plus radiation delays growth of prostate cancer

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39451.609514.DB (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:66
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Four months of androgen deprivation combined with external beam radiation slowed growth of prostate cancer—especially bone metastases—by up to eight years, according to a long term study from the University of California in San Francisco and collaborating sites (Journal of Clinical Oncology 2008 Jan 2 doi: 10.1200/JCO.2007.13.9881).

    The study, which began in 1987, evaluated 456 men at high risk, with a median age of 70. They had large prostate tumours (5 by 5 cm), and many had high Gleason scores (7-10) indicating that cells were higher grade and usually more aggressive, and high concentrations …

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