Contemporary Management of Prostate Cancer With Lethal Potential
June 01, 2004
Virtually every management decisionrelated to prostate canceris highly controversial.Should we screen men for prostatecancer with prostate-specific antigen(PSA)? If so, what are the proper cutoffvalues? If we detect an early prostatecancer, is treatment warranted? Ifwe find an aggressive cancer, is treatmenteffective? If treatment is deemedwarranted, what is the optimal managementstrategy (radical prostatectomyvs radiation therapy)? If radicalprostatectomy is selected, should theprocedure be performed roboticallyor via an open approach? If radiationtherapy is selected, does eitherbrachytherapy or external-beamirradiation offer an advantage? Isthere a role for neoadjuvant hormonaltherapy in men undergoing definitiveintervention?