A study published in September 2017, titled: ‘Quality of life after brachytherapy or bilateral nerve‐sparing robot‐assisted radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer: a prospective cohort’, compared patient quality of life after either brachytherapy or radical prostatectomy treatments.
I entirely agree with Dr McBride: patient choice in their treatment is key – and that demands both access to the different treatment options, as well as accurate, informed discussion about the pros and cons of every treatment, from outcomes to process. All of the treatments approved by NICE and available in the UK have a role to play in successfully treating prostate cancer.
But we should not over emphasise one type of treatment – such as radical prostatectomy - without considering the full breadth of options.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, and arguably the most intimate too, which can cause some patients to feel embarrassed when it comes to discussing their symptoms or treatment options with a specialist. This Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, with diagnoses on the rise, it’s more important than ever that men feel confident in discussing their condition and empowered to seek all the possible treatment options – some of which offer far better long term outcomes in both sexual function and continence.