Though not the commonest method of dealing with prostate cancer, salvage radical prostatectomy offers a higher rate of survival when compared to more common treatments, this is according to newly released medical reports.
Researchers based at the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan recently provided evidence that shows surgically removing prostate cancer in men may be a more viable option than common procedures such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Prostate cancer is fast becoming a threat to human life and according to the American Cancer Society (ACS) one American dies every 20 minute due to prostate cancer and related complications. Approximately 71 individuals die per day and about 26,120 die every year making prostate cancer not only the most common but also a leading cause of death in men.
A study report was released by researchers based at the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri which indicated that complex surgery is the key to improving the rate of survival in men suffering from prostate cancer.
Surgery which is scientifically referred to salvage radical prostatectomy has been around for quite some time but its uptake is not as fast as that of radiotherapy or chemotherapy. After being diagnosed with the condition, the initial step is going for radiation therapy which helps kill and stop the cancerous cells from spreading.
However, though radiotherapy and chemotherapy are most common, their survival rate still remains low and in most cases the cancer comes back within five years in about one-in-four patients. These forms of treatment are more prevalent than surgery due to the complicated and costly nature of carrying out salvage radical prostatectomy.
According to Naveen Pokala, M.D., lead author and assistant professor in the Department of Urology , University of Missouri, results based on analysis of a group of men who had surgery done on their prostate were quite encouraging especially considering radiation therapy had initially failed.
Pokala says that radical prostatectomy surgery is quite complex and that is why many medics and patients shy away from it. But if the latest findings are anything to go by, then more effort and research should be put in encouraging and campaigning for use of salvage radical prostatectomy basically especially after undergoing a failed radiation therapy.
The study named “Survival Outcomes in Men Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy after Primary Radiation Treatment for Prostate Adenocarcinoma,” is contained in the Clinical Genitourinary Cancer report and also takes a look at prevention, early detection, diagnosis, as well as treating genitourinary cancers.