Prostate cancer patients confused in urology versus radiation oncology wars

Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer face a confusing array of treatment choices, each with its own price tag and idiosyncratic side effects.

But when it comes to comparing the effectiveness of those treatments, things get political.

An international study that measured the long term survival rates from different prostate cancer treatments has needled the rivalries between the medical specialties that deal with the condition.

The biannual literature review by the Prostate Cancer Treatment Research Centre rated a type of radiation therapy known as brachytherapy as the most effective of six treatment options for men with a low or intermediate risk.

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