An Evaluation of Testosterone Flare During a Transition from Degarelix to Leuprolide in Men on ADT *

Many men with advanced prostate cancer who are on hormone therapy (ADT) use one of the newer drugs, degarelix (Firmagon) to achieve a state of castration. Degarelix is considered a superior drug for initiating ADT because it is not accompanied with a PSA flare that is common with the older luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists [...]

Degarelix Proves to be the Superior Hormone Deprivation Treatment (ADT) for Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Based on six recent retrospective analyses comparing the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist degarelix against the traditional luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists (i.e. Zoladex, Lupron etc.) men with advanced prostate cancer experienced improved disease control, fewer instances of urinary infections, and a lower risk of cardiovascular events. The six analyses compared data from randomized trials that [...]

New Data on Long-Term Use of Firmagon® (degarelix) For Men with Advanced Hormone Dependant Prostate Cancer

New data, published September 1 in the Journal of Urology, shows that Firmagon® (degarelix) which is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone therapy (GnRH) given to men with advanced prostate cancer may be superior to leuprolide when used over three years. This new study (CS21A) was an open-label extension of the Phase III study (CS21) in which Firmagon® [...]

Should Degarelix Be Accompanied By An Antiandrogen?

On the Advanced Prostate Cancer Listserv there was a question raised about the need to use an antiandrogen (bicalutamide/Casodex, flutamide/Eulexin, or nilutamide/Nilandron) along with degarelix, the recently approved LHRH antagonist (a drug that halts the production of testicular androgens). Doctors who are knowledgeable about the use of LHRH antagonists (Zoladex, Lupron, Eligard, Viadur and Firmagon [...]