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Robotic Surgery Expert Dr. David Samadi, MD Discusses FDA Warnings on the Effect of GnRH Agonists
Date:10/27/2010

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Drugs, known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists, may raise diabetes and heart risk and, as a result, now need new warnings. U.S. health officials said the drug used to stem the production of testosterone, the hormone that contributes to prostate cancer growth, could also lead to sudden death. "The risk of diabetes, heart disease and sudden death in men undergoing prostate cancer treatment with these drugs does not appear to be elevated, however patients should be regularly monitored by their doctors for signs of blood sugar increase or heart damage," said Dr. David Samadi, a robotic prostatectomy expert as well as the new Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

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"Doctors need to monitor a prostate cancer patient's risk for diabetes and heart disease before starting any treatment and compare the side effects versus benefits," said Dr. Samadi, a urologic oncologist skilled in robotic prostate surgery. GnRH agonists are approved by the Food and Drug Administration to alleviate symptoms of advanced prostate cancer with androgen deprivation therapy treatment. These include Abbott's Lupron, AstraZeneca's Zoladex, Sanofi's Eligard, Watson Pharmaceuticals' Trelstar, Endo Pharmaceuticals' Vantas, Alza's Viadur, Pfizer's Synarel and several gen
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