Active surveillance of low-risk prostate cancer is as good as treating it in many cases, and spares patients such distressing treatment side effects as sexual-functioning problems, according to a study on the quality of life impact of various treatments.
Surgery, although performed with robotic techniques designed to limit prostate damage, is associated with sexual side effects and urinary leaks, the study found. Other treatments were linked to different kinds of complications.
On Wednesday 4th & 11th January 2017, prostate cancer was the topic of discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health programme. Host Dr. Mark Porter chaired a panel discussion, which cast a spotlight on the uncertainty men, and their families, face during the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.