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Adding radiation therapy to prostate cancer surgery has been a tough call. New science eases the dilemma.

One of the thorniest dilemmas posed by prostate cancer is whether, and when, to give radiation therapy — with its potential bad side effects — to men after surgery to remove the prostate gland.

Now, three new randomized clinical trials — the gold-standard type of study — and a statistical “meta-analysis” of their results conclude that routinely giving post-surgical radiation does not improve outcomes after five years, compared with giving radiation only if the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test signals a cancer recurrence. The papers were published last month in the Lancet and Lancet Oncology.

Read more about the new trials here.

source: Marie McCullough - The Philadelphia Inquirer