UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The first results of a UK study on the treatment of prostate cancer show that the short-term effects of more intense radiation therapy over a short period of time are similar to those of standard radiotherapy.
A British study published Tuesday, September 17 in the scientific journal The Lancet oncology has shown very encouraging results for the treatment of prostate cancer. To date, only short-term side effects have been taken into account, but experts hope that their discovery will significantly shorten the treatment period needed to treat prostate cancer.
This means a lot less time spent in the hospital, just five radiation therapies in two weeks compared to 20 out of 12 weeks now.
The tests, which have been conducted at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research in London, have been conducted since August 2012, and the next long-term effects results will only be released in three to four years, according to authors.
Between 2012 and 2018, 874 men with prostate cancer were observed. About half have undergone conventional treatment, the other half a more intensive treatment, but over a much shorter period of time. The doctors then compared, among other things, the toxic effects of radiotherapy, and found similar results for both groups.
One of the authors of the study, Dr. Douglas Brand, told The Daily Mail: “New results from our clinical trials have shown that a shorter period of more intense radiation therapy does not increase short-term side effects… term in comparison with the current standard treatment. If the data on long-term effects and effectiveness are also positive, we can expect our test to change the way we treat prostate cancer.”
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