There Is New Hope on Prostate Recurrence

MAY 01, 2004

A recurrence of prostate cancer following removal of the prostate may not be the death sentence physicians once believed. Radiation could save the lives of many men with this condition, according to a study reported in the March 17, 2004, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Until now, physicians thought that certain ominous signs, including rising levels of a protein called prostate specific antigen (PSA), usually meant that the cancer not only had returned, but had spread to other parts of the body and was incurable.

The current study, which involved 501 men whose disease came back an average of 10 months after their prostate was removed, showed that many can be cured with radiation because the cancer has not metastasized. All of the men received radiation, known as salvage radiation, to treat the recurrence; 50% remained cancer-free for an average of 4 years.

Among participants with moderately aggressive initial prostate tumors, cancer cells at the edge of the surgically removed tissue, and a PSA level that doubled in <10 months, 77 men (64%) were cancer-free 4 years later.

The researchers believe that the study's outcome will provide important guidelines to help physicians better choose which patients will benefit from salvage radiation.



SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0
 

In Seniors: Consider CMV Serostatus
When Recommending Flu Vaccine

Older people who have cytomegalovirus seem to have less robust responses to the trivalent influenza vaccine than those who do not have CMV.


 

 

Conference Coverage
News from the year's biggest meetings


Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


 

SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.