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|Abstract:||The invention relates to 6-alkylidenandrosta-1,4-diene-3,17-dione derivatives, having the following general formula ##STR1## wherein each of R and R.sub.2, independently, is hydrogen or C.sub.1 -C.sub.6 alkyl and R.sub.1 is hydrogen, halogen or C.sub.1 -C.sub.6 alkyl, which are useful in therapy, in particular in the treatment of hormone-dependent cancers.|
|Inventor(s):||Buzzetti; Franco (Monza, IT), Barbugian; Natale (Milan, IT), Lombardi; Paolo (Milan, IT), di Salle; Enrico (Milan, IT)|
|Assignee:||Farmitalia Carlo Erba S.r.l. (Milan, IT)|
2. A compound selected from the group consisting of:
3. A pharmaceutical composition containing a suitable carrier and/or diluent and, as an active principle, a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of claim 1 or 2, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.
4. A pharmaceutically composition, suitable for the treatment of advanced hormone-dependent breast, pancreatic, endometrial and ovarian cancers, comprising, as an active principle, a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of claim 1 or 2, in association with a suitable carrier and/or diluent.
5. A pharmaceutical composition, suitable for the treatment of prostatic hypertrophy and prostatic hyperplasia, comprising, as an active principle, a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of claim 1 or 2, in association with a suitable carrier and/or diluent.
6. A method for the treatment of advanced hormone-dependent breast, pancreatic, endometrial or ovarian cancer comprising administering patients in need of such treatment an effective amount of a compound of claim 1 or 2.
7. A method for the treatment of prostatic hypertrophy or prostatic hyperplasia comprising administering to patients in need of such treatment an effective amount of a compound of claim 1 or 2.
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