Surgical Oncology News

This section features a sampling of news related to surgical oncology from the popular press, from press releases received, or SSO news directly pertinent to SSO members.

Older men get less effective prostate cancer care

Author: Frederik Joelving, Reuters Health
Date:
Dec 07, 2010

NEW YORK - Old age is no hindrance to benefiting from prostate cancer surgery and radiation therapy, according to a new U.S. study that shows men over 75 often get less effective treatment than their younger peers.

"It seems men in this age group are often undertreated, and that in turn may contribute to the higher mortality from prostate cancer among older men," said Dr. Matthew Cooperberg of the University of California, San Francisco, who led the research.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, affecting about 160 per 100,000 men in the U.S. every year and killing a sixth of them...

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