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Surgery unnecessary for many prostate cancer patients

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Otherwise healthy men with advanced prostate cancer may benefit greatly from surgery, but many with this diagnosis have no need for it.

The research findings now presented are from the 29-year follow-up of the Scandinavian Prostate Cancer Group Study Number Four (SPCG-4), investigating the benefits of surgery for prostate cancer.

Only a few (12 percent) of them had their cancer detected early by having their blood tested for prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

After 29 years of follow-up, 80 percent of the men had died.

Seventy-one men in the surgery group died of prostate cancer, while 110 did so in the group receiving symptom treatment only.

The study showed that 12 percent of those who had prostatectomies had been saved from dying of prostate cancer; that 19 percent had incurable cancer; but that the majority of the men had died of other causes.

The results also showed that the men who had been operated on lived, on average, 2.9 years longer than the men who received treatment of symptoms only.

Nevertheless, it was also found that, despite their diagnoses of prostate cancer, many men never suffered from a serious relapse during their lives, nor died from the disease.

Through PSA levels, many men are now being diagnosed with prostate cancer who will never develop advanced or life-threatening symptoms.

DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1807801

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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