October 6, 2009

Mayo study finds radiotherapy effective

By Kelley Luckstein

A 20-year study by researchers at Mayo Clinic Florida has found radiotherapy to be an effective treatment for post-prostatectomy cancer patients.


In the largest single-institution study of its kind, Mayo’s researchers in Jacksonville and Rochester, Minn., studied treatment effects in men with recurrent prostate cancer who received salvage external beam radiotherapy. The study findings, which appear in the October issue of Radiotherapy and Oncology, revealed that patients had lower rates of complications stemming from toxicity of the treatment than previously thought.


“In our experience at Mayo Clinic, the side effects of salvage radiotherapy in patients treated after a radical prostatectomy are minimal,” said Dr. Jennifer Peterson of Mayo Clinic Florida, the study’s lead investigator.


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Tags: Cancer, Cancer, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, radiotherapy

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