Prostate cancer: how treatment has improved over 30 years

When urologist Professor Tony Costello opened a recent conference on prostate cancer in Melbourne, he told delegates he’d been going through his father’s old medical textbooks.

His father had been a general practitioner and his well-thumbed textbook on surgery, published in 1940, had very little to offer on the subject of prostate cancer.

It said the condition could cause “constant pain” and the likelihood of a man surviving it was “very poor”.

While there had been successful cases of removing a cancerous prostate, the text observed darkly that the mortality of such an operation was “considerable”. Read more…

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