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Thursday
May052011

Prostatectomy vs. Waiting to Treat Prostate Cancer?

Duncan Smith/Thinkstock(UPPSALA, Sweden) -- Men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer can find themselves in a bit of a dilemma: to treat, or to wait and see?  The reason is that for some men, prostate cancer occurs later in life and progresses so slowly that aggressive treatment is unnecessary.

A Swedish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine of almost 700 men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer found that those who underwent a radical prostatectomy -- the surgical removal of the prostate gland -- were less likely to die from prostate cancer than men who waited.

However, the 38 percent reduction in risk of death was confined to men younger than 65 years of age.

This data is not new, however.  Basically the same findings were reported three years ago as part of this same ongoing study. 

What the findings show, however, is that the benefit of aggressive treatment in younger men with prostate cancer is long-lasting.

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