Hormonal treatment of endometrial cancer: past, present and future.

The concept that hormonal therapy may be useful in the treatment of endometrial cancer antedated the pharmaceutical availability of progestational compounds. By 1959, initial studies demonstrated the ability of progestins to reverse endometrial hyperplasias. Thereafter, progestins and other hormonal agents have been used in various roles as treatment for endometrial cancers. This chapter reviews the use of hormonal agents for the treatment of primary and metastatic/recurrent endometrial cancer, as well as such treatment in an adjuvant setting. Major problems in enhancing the efficacy of endocrine therapy of cancers arising from hormonally responsive tissues are also considered. The regulations of steroid-hormone receptor expression in endometrial and breast cancers continues to be an active area of research interest.
AuthorsE Podczaski, R Mortel
JournalBest practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology (Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol) Vol. 15 Issue 3 Pg. 469-89 (Jun 2001) ISSN: 1521-6934 [Print] England
PMID11476566 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Review)
CopyrightCopyright 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.
Chemical References
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
  • Progestins
  • Receptors, Estrogen
  • Receptors, Progesterone
  • Tamoxifen
  • Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
  • Adenocarcinoma (drug therapy, metabolism)
  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal (therapeutic use)
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols (therapeutic use)
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Endometrial Neoplasms (drug therapy, metabolism)
  • Female
  • Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (administration & dosage)
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy (methods)
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local (drug therapy)
  • Progestins (therapeutic use)
  • Receptors, Estrogen (metabolism)
  • Receptors, Progesterone (metabolism)
  • Tamoxifen (administration & dosage)

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