AirTalk for July 19, 2012

Study: surgery unnecessary for most early-stage prostate cancer

UCSF Cancer Center

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Two doctors look at a video monitor as they perform a bracytherapy operation on a man with prostate cancer.

A ten year study into the treatment of prostate cancer says surgery is not always the best option. The landmark research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that most patients with early stage prostate cancer who chose to watch their condition, lived just as long as those who opted for surgery and radiation.

The clinical trial was conducted on over 700 veterans across the United States. It marks a growing body of research into the benefits of 'watchful waiting' in prostate tumor treatment.

How comfortable would you be not removing a tumor from your body? If you've had prostate cancer surgery while in the early stages of your diagnosis, what side effects do you live with?

Guest:

Dr. Mark Litwin, Professor and Chair of Urology at UCLA School of Public Health


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