Prostate Cancer: What Treatment Option is Statistically more Effective?
Having more than one option to start treating a disease is amazing in many different ways since it offers various approaches to the same issue. This is, indeed, very helpful, but it also creates an important question. When it is time to pick a treatment, how are we going to be absolutely certain that it will be the right choice? The answer, for a specific medical condition though, has been recently given by science. In our case, that condition is prostate cancer.
There are two main methods currently available to treat prostate cancer: surgery and radiation. Even though both of the above terms are pretty much self explanatory, a brief description always helps the reader have a better understanding of the subject.
1. Surgery is suggested when the cancer has not spread outside of the prostate and it usually involves a surgical removal of the entire organ.
2. Radiation is a very common technique used in almost all types of cancer. The medical examiner uses radiation to kill the cancer cells that have been found in the area of the prostate.
So, which one of the two is the most effective? According to a recent study, they are equally helpful. A team of medical experts from the Oxford University recently completed a research that lasted 10 years and included about 1,600 men who had developed prostate cancer, aged from 50 to 69 years. The statistic data that resulted from the research showed that both of the methods had about the same percentage of success, even though they don’t share the same effects on the patients.
The importance of this conclusion is beneficial to medicine since scientists can now study and develop each of the available options separately, knowing that they have a similar success rate in the fight against prostate cancer.
Almost all diseases are easily cured in their early stages, and it's even more true when it comes to cancer. So all men after 40 should add something to their armoury - watchful waiting, a monitoring strategy that simply requires regular check-ups. Watchful waiting allows detecting prostate cancer on its early stage, which, in turn, greatly increases the success rate of the two treatment options mentioned above.
Understanding the available “weapons” against a health threat and understanding the threat itself are two things that are equally important. Not only do they make the work of medical examiners easier but they also improve the overall morale of the patient.