Molecular and cellular biology of prostate cancer

Cancer Metastasis Rev. 1997 Jun;16(1-2):29-66. doi: 10.1023/a:1005792206377.


Prostate cancer is an enigmatic disease. Although prostatic-intraepithelial neoplasia appears as early as the third decade and as many as 80% of 80 year old men have epithelial cells in their prostate that fit the morphological criteria for cancer, only about 10% of men will ever have the clinical disease and less than 3% will die from it. There have been no significant proven interventions which have altered the natural history of the disease since hormone down regulation was introduced in the 1940s and new research has been poorly supported. There is however an urgent need to develop new criteria to distinguish those patients with localised disease who will benefit from intervention from those that do not require it or who will have occult extra prostatic metastases. Similarly, there is an urgent need to develop new treatments for those in whom the disease is extra-prostatic and therefore incurable by conventional treatments. This review covers the latest developments in epidemiology, cellular and molecular biology including new areas such as ion channels in the field of prostate cancer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Disease Progression
  • Genes, ras
  • Growth Substances / physiology
  • Humans
  • Ion Channels / physiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation*
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic
  • Prostate / anatomy & histology
  • Prostate / pathology
  • Prostate / physiology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / therapy
  • Receptors, Growth Factor / genetics
  • Receptors, Steroid / genetics


  • Growth Substances
  • Ion Channels
  • Receptors, Growth Factor
  • Receptors, Steroid