Recurrent Prostate Cancer Survival Rates Seen to Greatly Improve Through Radical Surgery

Recurrent Prostate Cancer Survival Rates Seen to Greatly Improve Through Radical Surgery
A retrospective study, using a national database, analyzed data from patients with prostate cancer and found that a complex surgical procedure  — salvage radical prostatectomy (SRP) — can greatly improve long-term survival outcomes in those whose cancer has returned despite radiation therapy. The study, “Survival Outcomes in Men Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy after Primary Radiation Treatment for Adenocarcinoma of the Prostate,” was published in the Clinical Genitourinary Cancer journal. Optimal prostate cancer treatment depends a number of variables, such as cancer stage and expected life span. Radiation therapy has traditionally been a primary treatment option, but about 25 percent of treated patients experience a return of the cancer within five years. University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers used the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database to identify patients with prostate cancer who underwent surgery after radiation. They analyzed overall and cancer-specific survival outcomes in 364 patients who underwent salvage radical prostatectomy (SRP), a currently underutilized treatment modality, for radio-recurrent prostate cancer. This procedure involves the surgical removal, either using a robotic technique or open surgery, of the prostate gland and surrounding tissue in the attempt to keep the cancer from spreading. But it can be challenging because of tissue scarring during radiation, which might make it harder to identify tissue that must be removed. Results from the analysis indicated that overall survival among surgery
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