Anastrozole therapy in recurrent ovarian adult granulosa cell tumors: a report of 2 cases

Gynecol Oncol. 2006 Nov;103(2):755-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2006.06.022. Epub 2006 Jul 25.


Background: Ovarian sex cord stromal tumors are frequently hormonally active, and adult granulosa cell tumors often demonstrate estrogen receptor positivity. Thus, hormonal agents have been evaluated as potential treatments for advanced stage or recurrent adult granulosa cell tumors.

Case: Two cases of patients with recurrent adult granulosa cell tumors are presented. Each patient received multiple treatment modalities including chemotherapy and had previously progressed on leuprolide. Both patients were started on anastrozole with subsequent normalization of inhibin B levels and clinical exams. They have been maintained on treatment for 14 and 18 months, respectively, and have tolerated the drug without difficulty.

Conclusion: Aromatase inhibitors may be a viable treatment option for women with advanced stage or recurrent ovarian adult granulosa cell tumors.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Anastrozole
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal / therapeutic use*
  • Aromatase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Granulosa Cell Tumor / drug therapy*
  • Granulosa Cell Tumor / surgery
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy
  • Nitriles / therapeutic use*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / surgery
  • Triazoles / therapeutic use*


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
  • Aromatase Inhibitors
  • Nitriles
  • Triazoles
  • Anastrozole