Contemporary pharmacotherapy for the prevention of skeletal complications in patients with prostate cancer

Stavros Sfoungaristos, Stephen J. Frank, Mordechai Duvdevani, Ofer N. Gofrit, Vladimir Yutkin, Ran Katz, Dov Pode, Petros Perimenis

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Introduction: Bones represent the most common metastatic sites in prostate cancer (PCa) patients, and in addition with androgen deprivation therapy, they represent the causative reasons of bone mineral density loss and the onset of skeletal-related events. Areas covered: An extensive search of PubMed/Medline was performed to identify randomized, Phase II/III controlled trials reporting results regarding the prevention of skeletal morbidity in patients with PCa. Expert opinion: Preventing bone health is an imperative issue for preserving quality of life and elongate survival and, thus, a concerted effort should be made to monitor skeletal changes and to apply treatment for preventing bone loss. Although several agents have received approval for routine use, it is of paramount importance to identify the appropriate patients who would mostly be benefited by the use of these agents with attention to documenting the toxicity and economic implications. Additionally, it remains to be justified the frequency of administration in order to balance the efficacy and the potential complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2513-2524
Number of pages12
JournalExpert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Bone metastases
  • Castration resistant
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skeletal-related events


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