Prostate cancer treatments: comparing the side effects

 New research findings may help doctors and patients make more informed decisions about the management of prostate cancer.

Published in JAMA, the two cohort studies compare the side effects of localised treatments including radical prostatectomy, external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy, hormone therapy and active surveillance.

Essentially, both studies found that each treatment option has a particular pattern of adverse effects on quality of life in the short term, which include:

  • Urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction was worse after surgery but urinary irritation was