In treating aggressive prostate cancer, a new study finds radiation therapy is as effective as surgery. Published in the journal of European Urology, the study is the first of its kind to directly compare radiation-based treatments and surgery for patients with cancers that are ranked most aggressive by the Gleason score.
“Our study focuses on a particularly aggressive form of prostate cancer,” said Dr. Amar Kishan in a news release. “Our conclusions are relevant to both physicians advising patients about the effectiveness of different treatment options, and patients who would like to learn more about these options on their own.”
Researchers analyzed 487 prostate cancer patients treated for Gleason score 9-10 prostate cancer between 2000 and 2013. In addition, the study also suggests that treatment combining external radiation followed by brachytherapy provides the best chance of preventing the spread of cancer.
Prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer death and the most common malignancy among men in the U.S.