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Stopping Hormone Therapy May Shorten Men's Lives

Prostate Cancer Patients on Continuous Hormone Therapy Lived Longer Than Patients Given Intermittent Treatment, Study Finds

Continuous ADT Beats Out Intermittent ADT continued...

Among men with more extensive disease spread, the gap in survival narrowed: about four-and-a-half years for continuous therapy vs. five years for intermittent treatment.

But Hussain says that even these men should not be offered treatment breaks, as further study is needed.

Overall, the men who got the stop-and-start treatment received about half the amount of hormone therapy as men who got continual ADT, says researcher David I. Quinn, MBBS, PhD, of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

As a result, intermittent therapy costs about half as much as continuous therapy, which he estimated at $340 to $440 a month for the two drugs used in the study. Both drugs are covered by insurance, Quinn says.

These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary, as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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