Men with prostate cancer could avoid invasive surgery thanks to new test

Men with prostate cancer could avoid invasive surgery thanks to new test

 

Thousands of men with prostate cancer could avoid invasive treatment and side-effects after scientists developed a personalised tool to give them a prognosis.  

Every year more than 47,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with the disease.

But in many cases, it is not clear how fast-growing the cancer is.

Currently, around half of patients are classed as low or intermediate risk – and left to decide if they should opt for treatment such as surgery and radiotherapy, or could safely opt to be monitored.

Treatment can carry significant side-effects, including urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Rates of treatment for cases classed as low-risk vary more than ten-fold between different hospitals,…

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