Different Prostate Cancer Treatments Not That Different

Cure rates similar for many therapies, study finds

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Cure rates are about the same for a number of the most common prostate cancer treatments, says a study in the January issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology.

The study of 2,991 men with prostate cancer found similar cure rates after treatment with surgery, radiation, permanent seed implants and permanent seed implants combined with radiation therapy. Outcomes for patients treated with low-dose external beam radiotherapy were significantly worse.

"This study represents the largest published series comparing the most frequently used therapies for patients with clinically localized prostate cancer," study author Dr. Patrick A. Kupelian, of the Anderson Cancer Center Orlando in Florida, says in a prepared statement.

"The results show that survival rates are pretty much the same for patients treated with surgery, high dose-external beam radiation therapy, permanent seed implants and a combination of permanent seeds implants and external beam radiation therapy. We hope that this study will help men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families evaluate the treatment options to make the best treatment choice for their cancer and lifestyle," Kupelian says.

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SOURCE: American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, news release, Jan. 5, 2004
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