Calculator Predicts Prostate Cancer Survival
Online Tool Offers Personalized Prognosis of Prostate Cancer
WebMD News Archive
April 13, 2004 -- An online calculator may help men with
prostate cancer estimate the impact the disease will have on their lives.
Researchers say the prostate cancer calculator can provide a
realistic estimate of a man's 10-year prostate cancer survival chances. The
tool also allows them to compare the impact of cancer vs. noncancer health
Once diagnosed with prostate cancer, men can enter their age,
race, clinical characteristics of their prostate cancer, and the type of
treatment being provided and the calculator provides a personalized
Tool Estimates Prostate Cancer Survival
The interactive tool was developed using the results of a study
comparing survival rates of more than 1,600 men with prostate cancer that had
not spread outside the prostate. The men were compared with about 4,500
similarly matched men who did not have prostate cancer.
Researchers say by using the tool, men may often find that
health risks other than their prostate cancer may have as much or more of an
impact on their chances of long-term survival.
In fact, the study showed that while 33% of the men died during
the next 10 years, just 7% of the men died from prostate cancer.
It's important to note that all these men had early prostate
cancer. Regular checkups by a doctor can help diagnose prostate cancer at an
early stage and thus significantly increase the chance of curing the
The results of the study appear in the April 2004 issue of the
Journal of Urology, and the calculator is available at .
In addition, the prostate calculator tool allows men to
forecast the likelihood of:
- Discovering prostate cancer from a biopsy
- Prostate cancer spreading outside the prostate
- Prostate cancer spreading to lymph nodes
- Increasing PSA levels (prostate blood test) after surgery
The developers say no personal information is collected by the
site, and no specific treatments or health care providers are promoted.