Casodex and Lupron
If you are a man with Stage IV prostate cancer, your treatment may involve a medication called Casodex® (bicalutamide). This product is a type of hormonal therapy that works by blocking the effects of testosterone. However, it is not used by itself. Casodex is used as a part of combination therapy with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist medicine, sometimes called a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) agonist.
Some of the GnRH agonist medications available include:
- Goserelin acetate implant (Zoladex®)
- Histrelin acetate implant (Vantas®)
- Leuprolide acetate (Eligard®, Lupron®, Lupron Depot®).
(Click Casodex Uses for a more detailed list of GnRH agonist medicines. This full-length article also takes a look at the different types of prostate cancer treatment besides Casodex and describes the age groups this medication is approved for.)