NEW YORK, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — New study findings reveal that more complications occur in patients treated with radiation therapy versus surgery for prostate cancer.
Researchers from the University of Toronto presented their findings at the Canadian Urological Association annual meeting in Ottawa last month, which further suggest that prostate cancer patients who undergo radiation therapy have a 25-40% increased risk of requiring minimally invasive urologic procedures due to treatment complications. They analyzed over 60,000 men between the ages of 65 and 79 who has either underwent a radical prostatectomy or radiation.
“One of the issues with radiation as opposed to surgery is that many of the side effects can occur later on, which can include rectal and bladder bleeding, whereas the side effects that come along with surgery only improve as time goes on,” noted Dr. David Samadi, Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Why should patients choose surgery over radiation? For many prostate cancers, surgery is the optimal treatment path because it’s the only option that gives the most accurate staging and grading of the cancer. On top of that, the prostate gland and surrounding lymph nodes are completely removed. The patient’s PSA will drop to undetectable levels.
“Moving forward, the patient will know they are cured from this particular cancer. If the cancer recurs, patients have other options ahead of them. I always reserve low dose radiation after surgery if needed,” said Dr. Samadi. read more