After Cancer Diagnosis, Is it Okay to Wait a Few Months Before Having Surgery?
"Partin has long known this anecdotally, but recently studied this question of a few months' delay between diagnosis and surgery in response to a study in the Canadian Journal of Urology, which "cast unfounded doubt on the safety of such a delay with respect to cancer control," and needlessly worried patients, Partin says.
Partin and colleagues analyzed the medical records of 926 men who underwent surgery between January 1989 and December1994. All of them had the same surgeon -Patrick C. Walsh, M.D. Some of these men were treated early - within two months -and others had surgery at three, six, nine months or even more than a year after diagnosis. The investigators found no significant difference in the long-term cancer control rates of these men. These findings were published in the Journal of Urology.
"Patients can be reassured," says Partin, "that there is no immediate urgency to perform surgery after a prostate cancer diagnosis, especially in men with stage T1c disease and biopsy Gleason scores less than 7."