Early Prostate Cancer Treatments Relieve Men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS)

May 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

A recent presentation to the annual meeting of the American Urological Association has pointed out benefits of early prostate cancer treatments that might have all along being ignored.

These benefits include relief and improved quality of life for men who suffer from Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). These are exclusive health conditions that is different from prostate cancer. They affect how men urinate at night and could have similar symptoms of early prostate cancer.

The presentation was made after conclusions were reached on how early treatment procedures helped in treating men with LUTS also. Further details on this study are highlighted below:

Treatment of early stage prostate cancer can also result in improved quality of life for a subgroup of men who suffer from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), according to an abstract of a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-led study presented to the American Urological Association.

LUTS, which includes problems of frequent or urgent urination, particularly at night, is a common problem that affects approximately 40 percent of men, a percentage that rises with age. It is not a reason to suspect prostate cancer.

“Possible benefits of prostate cancer treatment in alleviating lower urinary tract symptoms have been largely overlooked,” says Martin G. Sanda, MD, Director of the Prostate Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Professor of Urology at Harvard Medical School. “We sought to identify pretreatment determinants of urinary function benefit versus worsening due to prostate cancer treatment.”

Researchers prospectively evaluated 1,812 men who underwent prostate removal surgery, radiation therapy and brachytherapy or the implant of radioactive “seeds” across the United States and in Spain. They found use of urinary medications was reduced two years after radical prostatectomy surgery compared to pretreatment, while it was unchanged after radiation and became worse after brachytherapy.

Overall bother from urinary treatment (reflecting combined effects of obstruction or incontinence) was unchanged from pretreatment in 86 percent of the men, improved in 7 percent of the cases and worsened in 7 percent.

“The burden of obstructive lower urinary tract symptoms, which is present in one-third of early stage prostate cancer patients, is underappreciated and deserving of greater emphasis in prostate cancer care decisions,” says Sanda. “Contrary to conventional assumptions, the number of men whose health-related quality of life is benefited by early stage prostate cancer treatment is similar to the number who quality of life is adversely impacted. Men with lower urinary tract symptoms may be particularly likely to have a better quality of life benefit from radical prostatectomy.” Click here to read the complete extract.

Based on the findings of the research by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, it has been established that men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) can have the quality of their lives improved after undergoing prostate cancer early treatments. Although results are not the same for each of the treatments, yet the overall impacts on the health of those with LUTS is worth mentioning.

That said, the under appreciated benefit of early stage prostate cancer treatment should now be reconsidered.  It could be likened to the popular one stone can be used to kill two birds.

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