RECURRENT PROSTATE CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD: RADIATION MAY BE A GOOD IDEA FOR MEN WHOSE PROSTATE CANCER RECURS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Salvage therapy is the rather sobering term for radiation given after surgery in men whose prostate cancer comes back, and while such a strategy is commonly employed no one has proven it helps until now. Bruce Trock and colleagues at Johns Hopkins examined the survival of men who received salvage radiation.
TROCK: When we compared the survival results the likelihood of dying from their prostate cancer, in the men who got the salvage radiation compared to the men who got no further treatment there was a dramatic improvement in survival. The men who got the radiation had a threefold decrease in their risk of dying from their prostate cancer. So that’s huge. :27
Trock says the gold standard remains a study designed ahead of time to specifically address salvage radiation but the results seem fairly compelling. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.