Survival rates for patients with prostate cancer better with surgery than radiotherapy

An evaluation of survival rates has shown that cancer patients with localised prostate cancer – the most common form of prostate cancer – have a better chance of survival if treated by surgery than by radiotherapy. These findings hold true even after accounting for type of radiation and the aggressiveness of cancer. This is the most robust analysis (meta-analysis) to date of published literature comparing surgery and radiotherapy for localised prostate cancer.

Full reference: Christopher J.D. Wallis et al. Surgery Versus Radiotherapy for Clinically-localized Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. European Urology, December 2015

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