Routinely giving post-surgical radiation does not improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients after five years compared with giving radiation only if blood tests signal a cancer recurrence, new studies say. Photo: Shutterstock Routinely giving post-surgical radiation does not improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients after five years compared with giving radiation only if blood tests signal a cancer recurrence, new studies say. Photo: Shutterstock
Routinely giving post-surgical radiation does not improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients after five years compared with giving radiation only if blood tests signal a cancer recurrence, new studies say. Photo: Shutterstock

Prostate cancer findings suggest radiation therapy should not be routinely given post-surgery

  • Radiation therapy targets malignant cells missed in surgery, or cancer that has spread, but comes with risk of urinary troubles
  • Studies suggest that delaying radiation treatment until PSA blood test levels signal a reoccurrence could save many men from overtreatment

Topic |   Wellness
Routinely giving post-surgical radiation does not improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients after five years compared with giving radiation only if blood tests signal a cancer recurrence, new studies say. Photo: Shutterstock Routinely giving post-surgical radiation does not improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients after five years compared with giving radiation only if blood tests signal a cancer recurrence, new studies say. Photo: Shutterstock
Routinely giving post-surgical radiation does not improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients after five years compared with giving radiation only if blood tests signal a cancer recurrence, new studies say. Photo: Shutterstock
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