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Patients with prostate cancer should be enrolled in a national, controlled trial

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:126
  1. R G Willis, Consultant urologist
  1. Carlisle Hospitals NHS Trust, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle CA2 7HY

    EDITOR—I endorse the views of Mulley and Barry on treating prostate cancer.1 British urologists are deluged with data from the United States which encourages radical prostatectomy, yet there is no good evidence from randomised controlled trials to validate their policy.

    If the editorial had been written by an American urologist the conclusion would have been entirely different. Mulley and Barry failed to emphasise the powerful financial motives behind much of what is published about prostate cancer in the …

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