Radical prostatectomy reduced death and progression more than watchful waiting in early prostate cancer

November 2005
ACP Journal Club;Nov/Dec2005, Vol. 143 Issue 3, p57
Academic Journal
This article presents information on a clinical trial which found that radical prostatectomy reduced death and progression more than watchful waiting in early prostate cancer. Fewer patients in the RP group died from prostate cancer than did patients in the WW group. The absolute risk reduction between groups increased from 2% at 5 years to 5.3% at 10 years. Patients who received RP also had lower rates of distant metastasis, local progression, and death from any cause. The study concluded that in men with early prostate cancer, radical prostatectomy reduced death from prostate cancer, distant metastasis, local progression, and death from any cause more than watchful waiting over 10 years of follow-up.


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