Dr. Crawford and his team concluded that the pooled analysis showed that in men with metastatic disease alkaline phosphatase was reduced to a greater degree with degarelix and the overall probability of fracture and incidence of joint-related adverse events were significantly lower in those men treated with degarelix compared to LHRH agonists.

“This retrospective study outlines a number of benefits of an antagonist over an agonist. Thus, there are distinct advantages of this method for androgen ablation in men with prostate cancer,” said Dr. Crawford.

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Overall, the latest research presented at the GU Symposium showed that progress is being made not only in the development of newer therapies, but also in the ways these therapies are combined to elicit improved patient response and outcomes.


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