Radical prostatectomy for high-risk prostate cancer | Opinion: YES

Vol. 45 (3): 424-427, May – June, 2019

doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2019.03.02


DIFFERENCE OF OPINION

Leonardo O. Reis 1, 2, Rodrigo Montenegro 3, Quoc-Dien Trinh 3
1 UroScience, Pontificia Universidade de Campinas – PUC, Campinas, SP, Brasil; 2 Departamento de Urologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brasil; 3 Division of Urological Surgery and Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Keywords: Prostatic Neoplasms; Prostatectomy; Radiotherapy


INTRODUCTION

Prostate cancer is the commonest non-skin malignancy in men. In most cases, prostate cancer has an indolent course however approximately 30,000 still die from the disease every year. Indeed, a subset of men will present with potentially lethal high-risk prostate cancer at diagnosis. We believe that this proportion will increase as fewer men are screened for prostate cancer, amidst ongoing concerns about overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

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