Novel concept of antisurvival factor (ASF) therapy produces an objective clinical response in four patients with hormone-refractory prostate cancer: case report

Published on Friday, 01 September 2017


BACKGROUND: Osteoblasts and osteoblast-derived survival growth factors, such as insulin-like growth factor I (IGF I), inhibit chemotherapy apoptosis of prostate cancer cells, thereby producing cytotoxic drug-resistant tumor growth, in vitro.

METHODS: We tested a novel therapeutic approach, referred to as antisurvival factor (AFS) therapy, that aimed at reduction of osteoblast-derived IGFs, using dexamethasone (4 mg per os, qD) and growth hormone (GH)-dependent liver-derived IGFs, using a somatostatin-analog (lanreotide, 30 mg, intramuscularly (i.m.), q14D) in combination with triptorelin (3.75 mg, intramuscularly, q28D) to produce a clinical response in 4 patients with progressing hormone-refractory prostate cancer.

RESULTS: The patients given ASF therapy exhibited an excellent improvement of clinical performance and a decline of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) within 2 months of ASF therapy. One of them experienced excellent clinical response (normalization of PSA), two experienced good clinical response (decline of PSA of more than 50%), and one experienced stabilization (decline of PSA of less than 50%).

CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that this novel concept of combination therapy, using ASF with hormone ablation, is a promising salvage therapy that should be further assessed with a randomized clinical trial.



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- Somatostatin in oncology, the overlooked evidences;

- The Di Bella Method (DBM) in the treatment of prostate cancer: a preliminary retrospective study of 16 patients and a review of the literature;

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