Prostatectomy and salvage radiation--before the age of 45.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Encouraging New Study on Salvage Radiation
Varian linear accelerator.
The March 2011 issue of Cancer, a journal from the American Cancer Society, carried promising news for all of us SRT (salvage radiotherapy) guys: salvage radiation has been shown, for the first time, to confer a survival benefit across the patient population, and PSA doubling time did not matter significantly. Some well-known doctors (D'Amico and Moul, for example) from Harvard and Dana Farber co-authored the study which looked at 519 men who had prostatectomies at Duke University between 1988 and 2008. The median followup time was 11.3 years. The way I understand hazard ratios, the results mean that the risk of death from all causes was roughly half that of men who did not have salvage radiation.