Cytoplasmic receptors for 17 beta-estradiol (ER) and progesterone (PR) were measured in uterine cervical, vaginal, and vulvar carcinomas by the dextran-coated charcoal (DCC) technique. Tissues from 30 patients with cervical carcinoma were examined. Thirteen percent (2 of 16) of well-differentiated squamous carcinomas had positive ER, and 19% (3 of 19) had positive PR. None of the three patients with moderately well-differentiated disease have positive ER or PR, while two of five patients with poorly differentiated lesions contained measurable ER and PR. In contrast, all four of the well-differentiated adenocarcinomas of the cervix had detectable ER, and three of four for PR. Neither of the two patients with poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma had either ER or PR. None of the five vulvar and seven vaginal epidermoid carcinomas studied had ER or PR activity. Hormonal therapies may be useful in the treatment of adenocarcinoma of the cervix.
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