Saturday, November 24, 2007

Swiss study shows higher cure rates with surgery for prostate cancer

There have been several studies recently that show a higher cure rate for surgery over radiation for prostate cancer.
Prostatectomy Is Best PCa Option
Superiority of surgery is seen at 10 years
Ten-year prostate cancer-specific survival was 83%, 75%, and 72% for men treated with surgery, radiotherapy, and watchful waiting, respectively, the researchers reported in Archives of Internal Medicine (2007;167:1944-1950). At 10 years, patients treated with radiation or watchful waiting had a significant twofold higher risk of death from prostate cancer compared with men who underwent surgery.
The increased mortality associated with radiotherapy and watchful waiting was observed mainly in men younger than 70 years and in patients with poorly differentiated tumors, the authors noted.
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