Can Radiotherapy (Radiation) for the Primary Tumors Benefit Men With Prostate CancerWith Distant Metastasis at Initial Diagnosis?
The common belief is that if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer that has already developed metastases only a systemic treatment will provide a life extending benefit. In other cancers it has been shown that the treatment of the primary tumor improves survival (tumor debulking). To find out if, in fact radiotherapy treatment of the primary tumor in prostate cancer with distant metastasis would provide a similar positive benefit, researchers evaluated the efficacy and toxicity of radiotherapy of the primary tumor in prostate cancer in men with metastasis. The study included 140 men with metastatic prostate cancer at initial diagnosis. [...]