Prostate cancer patients are more likely to regret surgery than radiotherapy

PROSTATE cancer patients who opt for surgery are far more likely to regret their decision compared with radiotherapy, an Australian study has found.

The researchers surveyed 71 patients with localised disease who had opted for both prostatectomy and postoperative radiotherapy. Around 17% of patients expressed regret about their surgery, compared with just 4% who had misgivings about their radiotherapy.

Postoperative sexual and urinary dysfunction were common causes for complaints, says lead author Associate Professor Tom Shakespeare, who is a radiation oncologist practising on the NSW mid-north coast.

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