Scientists from the Umeå University in Sweden have performed a thorough research, where they tested two groups of 500 hundred men and their reaction to two types of treatment. The first group was treated with hormone therapy only (flutamide), while the second group was treated with hormone therapy and radiation. The latter method was way more successful.
“The study will change practice in the treatment of locally advanced or local aggressive prostate cancer,” said Professor Anders Widmark, MD, scientist who led the research. “These patients should be offered the addition of local radiation treatment.”
However, although the second method (hormone therapy + radiation) offered better results, men who were treated reported mostly urinary and sexual problems after 5 years.
The details were published in The Lancet.