January 1st 1998
I agree with Drs. Forman and Velasco that the optimal management of patients with an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level after prostatectomy remains to be determined. The broader issue, however, is optimizing the management of post-prostatectomy patients who are at risk for recurrence. Hence, the dilemma: Should we wait for a chemically apparent recurrence before instituting treatment? Or, should we, on the basis of available information, quantify the risk of recurrence and the possible side effects of therapy and determine whether or not adjuvant radiotherapy is warranted based on the risk/benefit ratio?