UNDATED (KTHV) -- A new study giving hope to patients who chose agressive treatment.
A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds men who choose a prostatectomy, that's full removal of the prostate, their chances of survival are greater.
In the study, over a 15-year span, one group took a watch and wait approach, the other had a surgery to remove the prostate. NYU Langone Medical Center physician Dr. Herbert Lepor says, "If you were treated with srugery you had a 25% reduction in your death rate."
The study also found those men who had surgery were 60 percent less likely to have their cancer metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. Study results are for men under 65. Dr. Lepor says, "A landmark study..we now know with great confidence there is a significant benefit as far as your overall survival if you choose radical prostatectomy."
About 217,000 new cases of prostate cancer are detected each year in the U.S.