Australian trial defines ideal prostate therapy

The finding means many men will be spared the long-term side effects linked to testosterone-suppression therapy

Australian researchers believe they’ve hit on the optimum duration of hormone-suppression therapy for men with aggressive, localised prostate cancers after a 10-year trial.

Man in doctor's room

The findings from the RADAR study — which followed more than 1000 Australian men with advanced prostate cancer — show that 18 months of androgen suppression, coupled with moderate radiation dose escalation, is both tolerable and effective.

Men enrolled in the trial between 2003 and 2007 had Gleason scores higher than seven and baseline PSA&nbsp