A New Era in Metastatic Prostate Cancer: “The Combination of Chemotherapy and Hormonal Treatment as Initial Treatment”


  • İlker Tinay
  • Levent Türkeri

Received Date: 23.06.2015 Accepted Date: 24.06.2015 Bull Urooncol 2016;15(2):65-68

In recent years, studies have been reported about the combination of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and different chemotherapy modalities as the initial therapy in newly-diagnosed patients with hormone-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer and recently, possible effects of docataxel chemotherapy in combination with ADT was evaluated in the 2 multi-institutional randomized trials from North America (CHAARTED) and Europe (GETUG-AFU-15). We reviewed the data for the current use of chemo-hormonal therapy as the initial treatment modality in castration-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer. New findings of CHAARTED trial showed that combination of ADT with docetaxel chemotherapy conferred a significant median over-all survival benefit over ADT alone and patients with high-volume disease derived a 17-month gain in median over-all survival. However in GETUG trial, while no over-all survival benefit was observed between two groups however combination therapy was associated with an improvement in biochemical and clinical progression-free survivals. The combination of docetaxel-based chemotherapy with ADT as the initial treatment seems as a promising treatment alternative in patients with hormone-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer, especially in patients with “high-volume” disease.

Keywords: Metastatic prostate cancer, chemotherapy, hormonal treatment, combination

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