Hormone therapy for prostate cancer
Editor in Chief Marc B. Garnick, M.D.,* discusses the options and controversies
*Disclosure "" Dr. Garnick is currently serving as a consultant to SpecialtyEuropeanPharma, which is developing abarelix in Europe.
Androgens, the family of male sex hormones that includes testosterone, function as a fuel for growth "" a quality that explains their central role in both normal development and prostate cancer. In adolescent boys, androgens not only trigger sexual development, but also contribute to a deeper voice, a beard, and increased muscle strength and bone mass. When prostate cancer develops, however, this androgen fuel contributes to tumor growth and progression.