Medline: 7658548

Journal of Urology 154(4): 1420-1425, 1995.

Quality of life: radical prostatectomy versus radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

Lim AJ, Brandon AH, Fiedler J, et al.

Abstract:

Purpose:
The impact of radical prostatectomy and external beam radiotherapy on the quality of life of patients was compared.

Materials and Methods:
A total of 136 patients underwent radical prostatectomy and 60 underwent external beam radiotherapy for clinically localized prostate cancer. Patients were asked to complete a questionnaire containing The Functional Living Index: Cancer, the Profile of Moods States, and a series of questions evaluating bladder, bowel and sexual function.

Results:
The radical prostatectomy group had worse sexual function and urinary incontinence, while the external beam radiotherapy group had worse bowel function. Of the patients 90% from both groups stated that they would undergo the treatment again.

Conclusions:
Radical prostatectomy and external beam radiotherapy have comparable impact upon quality of life.


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