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Research could solve prostate cancer controversy

November 20, 2013

New research led by Dr. Rodney Breau is shedding light on a major controversy around how best to treat prostate cancer patients who have had their prostates removed. While some studies suggest that no follow-up treatment is required, others have suggested benefits from radiation therapy or hormone therapy. A survey by Dr. Breau and his colleagues revealed stark differences in how urologists and radiation oncologists interpret this evidence, with radiation oncologists being nearly 50% more likely to recommend radiation to their patients. See PLOS ONE for details.

Prostate cancer patients at The Ottawa Hospital can participate in a major clinical trial that is expected to solve this controversy and ensure that patients around the world receive consistent advice and the best possible follow-up care.

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