Watchful waiting as good as surgery for prostate cancer

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:613
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Men with prostate cancer who decide not to have surgery and instead opt only for treatment of the symptoms of their disease do as well as men who have surgery, at least in the first six or seven years after diagnosis.

    From October 1989 to February 1999, 695 men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer in clinical stage T1b, T1c, or T2 (as described by the International Union against Cancer (UICC)) were randomly assigned to one of two groups: watchful waiting …

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