Compare Prostate Cancer Treatments – Low Risk

More than 80% of all Low Risk patients will do well with any treatment without fear of recurrence or their cancer returning. However, when selecting a course of action, consultations are recommended with a urologist or surgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist. Different treatments have different results and side effects. It is important to understand the potential impact each treatment can have on your quality of life after treatment.

Low Risk is the following:

PSA less than 10

Gleason Score is less than 7

Clinical Stage is T1c to T2c


Compare Treatments for other Risk Groups


How to Use the Graph

Add or remove treatment options above, using the checkboxes, for example Surgery vs Seeds. Percent PSA Progression Free is represented by the the vertical axis. The bottom axis of the graph tracking time in years, in this case up to 16 years. Circles, triangles, diamonds or squares on the graph each represent a treatment study with a different number of patients. The midpoint of the ellipse shows on average how the patients responded to a that treatment. The direction of the ellipse, shows how the patients trended over time.

About the Data

Percent PSA Progression Free control results are the most sensitive means to measure initial treatment success and are used in these comparisons. A PSA Progression Free of 100% would mean that for all patients, the cancer has not returned, and no follow up treatment was necessary. These graphs are cancer control probabilities and not survival graphs. Survival in all groups is high regardless of treatment, as patients can often live for years despite failure of the initial treatment. Cancer control is the focus of this analysis. The longer a treatment can maintain a PSA Progression Free close to 100%, the more effective the Treatment. Each treatment ellipse is mathematically calculated to help you visualize how the patients are doing with the selected treatment.

For More Information:

Compare Prostate Cancer Treatment Tutorial

This tutorial will lead you through the process of comparing the outcomes for prostate cancer treatments, for low, intermediate and high risk patients.

Use this Data to Talk to Your Doctor About Your Options

The Prostate Cancer Results Study Group Full Report is an excellent resource to use during patient-doctor discussions. The report is available from the Foundation for a suggested $25 donation.

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