Early localised prostate cancer may accelerate after 15 yearsBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7453.1394-b (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1394
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York
Watchful waiting is not a good idea for some patients with early localised prostate cancer because local progression and aggressive metastatic disease may develop after 15 years. This finding comes from a 20 year study—one of the largest and longest yet—from a Swedish group and published in JAMA (2004;291: 2713-9)
“We had not anticipated this increased risk after 15 years,” the lead author, Dr Jan-Erik Johansson of Örebro University Hospital, told the BMJ.
The study followed 223 patients with early stage, localised …