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Prostate Cancer Tx Research

By on May 10, 2016

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among American men. Most prostate cancers grow slowly, and don’t cause any health problems in men who have them.

A slightly higher dose of radiation therapy for early stage prostate cancer may reduce treatment time without compromising effectiveness, researchers report.

The study included about 1,100 men with early-stage prostate cancer that had not spread beyond the gland. Half received the traditional radiation therapy program of 41 treatments over eight weeks, while the others received slightly higher doses during 28 treatments over about 5.5 weeks.

After five years, cancer-free survival rates were just over 85% for those in the traditional group and just over 86 percent for those in the shorter treatment group, while overall survival rates were 93.2% and 92.5%, respectively.

Different people have different symptoms for prostate cancer. Some men do not have symptoms at all.Some symptoms of prostate cancer are:

  • Difficulty starting urination.
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
  • Frequent urination, especially at night.
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder completely.
  • Pain or burning during urination.
  • Blood in the urine or semen.
  • Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away.
  • Painful ejaculation.

“This study has implications for public policy,” said lead investigator Dr. W. Robert Lee. He is a professor at the Duke Cancer Institute’s department of radiation oncology, in Durham, N.C.


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