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A diagnosis of prostate cancer does not imply immediate surgical intervention according to a recent review of 4000 men who were diagnosed with cancer of the prostate and had a radical prostatectomy within the year. After a tissue biopsy is sampled from the prostate to confirm cancer, many surgeons opt to wait at least 2 months to allow inflammation to settle. Regardless of the aggressive nature of the cancer, time to surgery did not predict recurrence of cancer as indicated by the study results. Watchful waiting is the term used for close monitoring of men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Those who eventually underwent surgery were not shown to be disadvantaged by the cautious management of their cancer.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health
About: Time taken from diagnosis of prostate cancer to surgery not influential on recurrence
Date: 19 October 2005
Source: Reuters Health
Author: Will Boggs
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