Selected Men With Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Have Good Clinical Outcomes Without Immediate Treatment

News — By on April 18, 2009 at 3:59 am

A multi-center study of prostate cancer patients appearing in today’s Journal of Urology recommends that for some men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer, opting not to initially receive treatment can be safe if they are closely monitored. The study addresses an important question for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and at minimal risk of cancer progression or metastases: when to actively treat versus when to observe and closely monitor. Radiation therapy and surgery are effective treatments but can be associated with serious long-term side effects such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Investigators in the study show that two separate biopsies are needed to determine optimal selection of patients for active surveill…

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