Survival Improves for Prostate Cancer
Study Shows Improvements in Death Rate for Men Who Choose Not to Have Surgery or Radiation
American Cancer Society Director of Prostate and Colorectal Cancers Durado
Brooks, MD, says the new study helps to quantify outcomes among men who forgo
surgery or radiation in the PSA era.
"We can now show older men with good prognosis, localized disease that they
have a much lower chance of dying from their prostate cancer than something
else within a decade of diagnosis," he tells WebMD. "That is extremely useful
information for patients and their doctors when they are trying to make
Fox Chase Cancer Center urologic surgeon Richard E. Greenberg, MD, tells
WebMD that many older patients who may be candidates for watchful waiting may
still see surgery or radiation as preferable to intense surveillance.
"Watching patients is not a benign or inexpensive process," he says. "Most
patients have PSA tests done every three months and a biopsy performed at least once a year."