The ProCaSP Study

Quality of Life Outcomes of Prostate Cancer Patients After Radiotherapy or Radical Prostatectomy in a Cohort Study

Nora Eisemann; Sandra Nolte; Maike Schnoor; Alexander Katalinic; Volker Rohde; Annika Waldmann


BMC Urol. 2015;15(28) 

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Our results support the findings from previous research. A fundamental basis of both empirical research and evidence-based medicine is the reproducibility of findings in different settings, health care systems, and different cohorts of patients. In conclusion, RT cancer patients scored lowest on HRQOL at baseline and throughout the study. RP had a larger negative impact on sexual functioning than RT. In patients with similar baseline characteristics and similar baseline HRQOL, treatment by RT increased symptoms of diarrhoea, and nnsRP decreased prostate-specific HRQOL. In view of the relevant proportion of overdiagnosis in prostate cancer and in view of improved survival rates for prostate cancer patients, physicians should inform their patients about these differences in HRQOL outcomes and take them into account when deciding which therapy is best for an individual patient.