What is the efficacy of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) after radical prostatectomy in the treatment of prostate cancer?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Isamettin Andrew Aral, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Multi-institutional data from the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) consensus conference suggest that in patients treated for a rising PSA level, postoperative radiotherapy (typically in a dose range of 60-65 Gy) offers a PSA remission rate of 70%. Unfortunately, the durability of this response varies widely from center to center, with averages ranging from 25 to 67 months.


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