A long awaited study regarding the efficacy of prostate cancer surgery is about to be published and researchers warn that the results found that the standard surgical treatment for the disease is ineffective.
In the study researchers examined surgical removal of the prostrate grand to “watchful waiting” which basically means doing nothing. The study found that surgical removal did not extend a patients life.
Speaking under the condition of anonymity a leading British specialist told the Independent:
“The only rational response to these results is, when presented with a patient with prostate cancer, to do nothing.”
In nearly 50 percent of prostate cancer cases the disease is slow-growing and therefore a patients are able to live for years without treatment and in many cases die of old age or other unrelated incidents. In fact some doctors have questioned the term “cancer” for those patients since their prostate disease acts so much differently than rapidly expanding cancers.
The new examination is the results of the Prostate Intervention Versus Observation Trial (PIVOT) which began in 1994 and has included 731 male participants. The study is said to have found only a three percent survival benefit for patients who received the treatment opposed to those who did not receive prostate removal surgery.
While urologists who have spent many years training for prostate removal surgery the side effects in 50 percent of men still include impotence while 10 percent suffer from incontinence.
In other cases doctors suggest radiology over “watchful waiting” to determine how the prostate cancer is spreading and if further treatment should be made soon.