Improved Treatment Assessment for Prostate Cancer Patients, According to UCLA Researchers

Improved Treatment Assessment for Prostate Cancer Patients, According to UCLA Researchers
shutterstock_174165644UCLA researchers recently found there is an increased use of radiotherapy in patients with indolent prostate cancer regardless of tumor biology. The results underpinned the need for improved treatment assessment. The study titled “Population-Based Assessment of Determining Treatments for Prostate Cancer,” was recently published in JAMA Oncology. Men with indolent prostate cancer frequently opt for either radical prostatectomy or radiotherapy. After treatment, these men may experience considerable adverse side effects. In the study, the researchers aimed to determine population-based predictors for treatment and use of watchful waiting or active surveillance in 37,621 men with indolent prostate cancer. Data was retrevied from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)–Medicare from 2004 to 2007. All patients were then followed until 2009. Results showed that radiation therapy was the most common treatment (57.9%), followed by radical prostatectomy (19.1%), and other treatments including wait-and-see approach and active surveillance (9.6%). Using a logistic regression method, researchers found that patients and providers significantly
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Daniela holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, a MSc in Health Psychology and a BSc in Clinical Psychology. Her work has been focused on vulnerability to psychopathology and early identification and intervention in psychosis.

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