Older, sicker men with early-stage prostate cancer do not benefit from aggressive treatment

May 13, 2014 3:20 PM

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Older, sicker men with early-stage prostate cancer do not benefit from aggressive treatment

Treating older men with early-stage prostate cancer who also have other serious underlying health problems with aggressive therapies such as surgery or radiation therapy does not help them live longer and, in fact, can be detrimental, according to a study by UCLA researchers.

The study followed the cases of more than 140,500 men aged 66 and older diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer between 1991 and 2007 from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Medicare database. Men who also suffered from multiple major medical conditions such as a history of hea...

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