J Cancer 2011; 2:1-19. doi:10.7150/jca.2.1
Prognostic Factors for Failure after Prostatectomy
1. Departments of Radiation Oncology, Radiology and Urology, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA.
2. Department of Urology, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA.
Swanson GP, Basler JW. Prognostic Factors for Failure after Prostatectomy. J Cancer 2011; 2:1-19. doi:10.7150/jca.2.1. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v02p0001.htm
Several randomized studies have been completed in prostate cancer that show a benefit to immediate postoperative treatment in patients undergoing prostatectomy. In one of the studies, there was even a survival advantage. In spite of those positive findings, there has been some reluctance to uniformly offer adjuvant treatment to patients. The perception is that the risk is not really high enough to warrant the risk of toxicity that comes with treatment. There are clearly factors that can help predict who is at the highest risk. Our purpose is to review those factors and identify patients that have a high enough risk justifying immediate treatment.
Keywords: adjuvant radiation, adjuvant therapy, high risk, Prostate cancer, prostatectomy