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How are GnRH agents used to treat advanced prostate cancer?

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These drugs can work in different ways, but ultimately, they block or stop your body from making luteinizing hormone (LH), which it needs to make testosterone. Drugs of this type include:

You'll get these drugs by injection every month, three months, or six months. Doctors implant others under your skin.

  • Buserelin (Suprefact)
  • Degarelix (Firmagon)
  • Goserelin (Zoladex)
  • Histrelin (Vantas)
  • Leuprolide (Eligard, Lupron Depot)
  • Triptorelin (Trelstar)

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer Overview," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer" and "Prostate Cancer Treatment (PDQ): Treatment Option Overview: Radiation Therapy."

American Urological Association: "Advanced Prostate Cancer."

Prostate Cancer Infolink: "Are all LHRH agonists 'just the same'?"

American Cancer Society web site. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2019

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer Overview," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer" and "Prostate Cancer Treatment (PDQ): Treatment Option Overview: Radiation Therapy."

American Urological Association: "Advanced Prostate Cancer."

Prostate Cancer Infolink: "Are all LHRH agonists 'just the same'?"

American Cancer Society web site. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2019

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