Quality of Life: Radical Prostatectomy Versus Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Arthur J. Lim, Alfred H. Brandon, Jeffrey Fiedler, Andrew L. Brickman, Cynthia I. Boyer, William A. Raub, Mark S. Soloway

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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 percent 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1420-1425
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of urology
Volume154
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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