More deaths if no prostate cancer therapy

DETROIT, June 2 (UPI) -- Prostate cancer patients who refuse treatment don't do as well as those who choose radiation treatment, U.S. researchers found.

Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found the 10-year overall survival rate for men who chose "watchful waiting" was 51 percent. It was 68 percent for those who had radiation treatment.


"Surgery has been shown to offer a survival advantage to patients with prostate cancer when compared with other treatment options," lead author Dr. Naveen Pokala of Henry Ford Hospital said in a statement. "However, a significant number of patients refuse surgery and instead opt for other treatments such as radiotherapy."

Pokala and colleagues examined national data of 9,704 male patients with a mean age of 64.4, and of whom 77 percent were white and 16.4 percent black. Nearly 30 percent refused any treatment, while 70 percent chose radiation therapy.

The study was presented at the American Urology Association's annual meeting in San Francisco.

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