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 PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT

ANCHOR LEAD: A NEW STUDY COMPARES TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PROSTATE CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Men with prostate cancer can face a dizzying range of treatment choices.  A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine compares three major treatments in terms of outcomes, patient satisfaction, and partner satisfaction.  Bud Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the study.

BURNETT:  For radial prostatectomy for prostate cancer there’s the thought that nerve sparing prostatectomy does afford better outcomes and this was confirmed.  With a lesser form of radiation there’s been the sense that perhaps this would result in better outcomes but yet there was description of some of the sexual dysfunction, bowel dysfunction and even urinary tract dysfunction.  The external beam radiation patients who used androgen deprivation had worse outcomes with respect to their sense of well being and vitality.       :31

Burnett says the study provides important information for men to consider when they weigh their treatment options.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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