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Title: Initial Flare Symptoms Resulting from Use of LHRH Agonist in Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Systematic Review and Economic Evaluation
Authors: Poon, Yeesha
Advisor: Nauenberg, Eric
Department: Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Keywords: prostate cancer
LHRH agonist
Issue Date: 3-Jan-2011
Abstract: Background LHRH agonists decrease tumour size/activity by suppressing testosterone in prostate cancer; however, initial injection causes testosterone surge that triggers flare symptoms. Anti-androgen given with agonist may reduce/avoid flare symptoms. When LHRH antagonist/blocker is introduced, testosterone suppression is immediate, but there is uncertainty about significance of flare symptoms without anti-androgen. Objective Systematic review compared significance of flare symptoms avoided and cost utility analysis using modelling comparing incremental value of blocker (degarelix) OR agonist (goserelin)+anti-androgen (bicalutamide) VERSUS agonist alone in prostate cancer patients. Outcome Incremental cost/QALY of bone pain as flare symptom between treatments Results Thirteen studies were reviewed. There was no standard definition for flare symptoms or data on LHRH antagonist versus other treatments on flare. From societal perspective, goserelin+bicalutamide was dominated over goserelin alone and similarly, from public perspective, goserelin+bicalutamide had favourable cost effectiveness profile against goserelin. Conclusion With bone pain as clinical endpoint, LHRH agonist+anti-androgen had favourable cost-effectiveness profile compared to goserelin.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25707
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