New Study Says Your Prostate Cancer Surgery Was A Waste Of Time
A new study waiting publication may revolutionize the treatment of prostate cancer: First revealed at a urology conference in February, the 12-year study of 731 men showed that standard prostate cancer surgery did nothing to prolong life.
You read that correctly… nothing.
“The only rational response to these results is, when presented with a patient with prostate cancer, to do nothing,” says a British specialist.
In fact, prostate cancer is so slow-growing that in 50% of British cases, men end up dying of something else. Some specialists question whether it should even be labeled a “cancer” at all. Others are casting doubt on the new study, saying it focused on older, particularly low-risk men, who would never have had surgery in the UK anyway. “We would offer milder treatment such as radiotherapy or watchful waiting,” says a British urologist. “We are better than the US in putting men on surveillance.”