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In the February issue of Prescrire International: Localised prostate cancer - immediate treatment, or not?

FREE DOWNLOAD In patients with localised prostate cancer, the principal therapeutic options are: monitoring without initial treatment, prostatectomy and radiotherapy. Results of a comparative randomised trial have provided some useful data for providing information to patients.
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  • In a randomised trial including 1643 patients with localised prostate cancer, all detected by PSA screening, the mortality rate after 10 years of follow-up was similar after immediate treatment or after monitoring without initial treatment.
     
  • Prostatectomy led to an increase in urinary problems and erectile dysfunction.
     

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"Localised prostate cancer. Immediate treatment, or not: 10-year results" Prescrire Int 2018; 27 (190): 51. (Pdf, free)

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