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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Prostate cancer surgery 'has little or no benefit' in extending life of patients

New research into prostate cancer has revealed that surgery has little or no benefit in extending the life of a patient.
The study, which has not yet been published, compared surgically removing the prostate gland with 'watchful waiting' and found there was little difference between the two.
Experts are believed to be 'shaken' by the news because thousands of men could have gone through painful and unnecessary surgery.
A new study suggests that surgery makes little or no difference to prostate cancer sufferers
A new study suggests that surgery makes little or no difference to prostate cancer sufferers
One expert, who did not want to be named, told the Independent newspaper: 'The only rational response to these results is, when presented with a patient with prostate cancer, to do nothing.'
The Prostate Intervention Versus Observation Trust (PIVOT), led by Timothy Wilt, started in 1993 and analysed 731 patients over 12 years.
It found that those who had an operation to treat the cancer had less than three per cent chance of survival compared with those who had no treatment.
The results were presented at a meeting of the European Association of Urology in Paris in February and were met with a stunned silence.

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