Sexual Function Recovery & Quality Of Life Differs By Localized Prostate Cancer Treatment

man serious outsideUrinary, bowel, sexual function, and quality of life among men with localized prostate cancer may vary depending on treatment with monitoring, surgery, or radiotherapy, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Through the Prostate Testing for Cancer and Treatment (ProtecT) Trial, researchers examined patient-reported outcomes of 1643 men who had completed questionnaires before diagnosis, at 6 and 12 months after randomization, and then annually after the first 12 months. At 5 years, the researchers assessed for cancer-related quality of life.

Questionnaire completion upon follow-up was higher than 85% for most observed measures.

Prostatectomy had the greatest negative effect on sexual function and urinary continence, which remained worse among the 3 groups throughout the trial.