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Actas Urológicas Españolas

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HUGUET PEREZ, J.; MAROTO REY, P.; PALOU REDORTA, J.  and  VILLAVICENCIO MAVRICH, H.. Hormone-refractory prostate cancer: Modifications of the therapeutic strategies since chemotherapy proved its usefulness. Actas Urol Esp [online]. 2006, vol.30, n.2, pp.123-133. ISSN 0210-4806.

Back in the 90’s it was difficult to have access to the conclusions of publications on HRPC. Homogeneity was very scarce regarding issues as significant as the definition of HRPC itself, patient selection, or evaluation of the responses to therapy. Consensus has currently been reached on such matters, and it is described in this text. Two works were published in late 2004 showing that docetaxel-based chemotherapy improved metastatic HRPC survival. Until then, the different treatments used could only provide symptomatic relief. But probably not all of the HRPC patients are eligible for primary docetaxel chemotherapy. The current debate focuses on determinating to which patients should chemotherapy be administered and at which time should it start, in order to exclude those patients at risk of experiencing its adverse effects without benefitting from its clinical advantages. Non-metastatic HRPC patients may be candidates to receiving secondary hormone manoeuvres before starting with chemotherapy. We will analyse in this review the changes occurred in the therapeutic strategies ever since chemotherapy showed its value, and we shall also disclose our attitude regarding treatment of these patients in daily practice.

Keywords : Hormone-refractory prostate cancer; Treatment.

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