March 11, 2014
Researchers at the University of Virginia are looking into ways to better treat prostate cancer.
Their goal is to prolong life for patients whose cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Currently if the cancer has spread, it is traditionally treated with hormone therapy rather than surgery or radiation.
But when studying other cancers, scientists have found that patients who underwent surgery or radiation had a higher survival rate than those that did not.
Researchers at the university have begun a clinical trial in which patients are receiving hormone therapy, along with surgery or radiation, to see if it helps.
“It’s not a case of a cure necessarily, but if you can give a patient a few years of survival,” UVa Assistant Professor of Urology Stephen Culp, M.D. said. “It can mean a lot to them,”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting American men, and the second leading cause of death in men.
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