Patients undergoing prostatectomy were more likely to have urinary incontinence than were those undergoing radiotherapy at 2 years and 5 years. But, by year 15,, there was no no significant differences between the 2 groups. The same was found for erectile dysfunction and bowel urgency.
A Swedish study has reported an increased risk of suicide in men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Even patients diagnosed with low-risk, early-stage disease had increased risk within the first 6 months following the diagnosis. The study was a nation-wide, population based study using the Prostate Cancer data Base in Sweden.
A significant proportion of the patients with prostate cancer treated with brachytherapy develop gross hematuria several years later. Patients at highest risk for hematuria are those with a larger size prostates, patients who have additional treatment with external beam radiation, and those with biochemical PSA control after treatment.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Sanofi have initiated a new, one-way, text message-based support program called Prost8Care for men with advance prostate cancer to reinforce healthcare guidances on treatment, side effects, and diet.
Work-related stress is not linked to the development of colorectal, lung, breast or prostate cancers, a new study suggests. Around 90% of cancers are linked to environmental exposures and whilst some exposures are well recognised (such as UV radiation and tobacco smoke), others are not (psychological factors such as stress).