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  • Posted: 12/17/2012

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Yale Researchers Find That Despite Hype, Costly Prostate Cancer Treatment Offers Little Relief from Side Effects, Study Finds

Prostate cancer patients receiving the costly treatment known as proton radiotherapy experienced minimal relief from side effects such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction, compared to patients undergoing a standard radiation treatment called intensity modulated radiotherapy, Yale School of Medicine researchers report... Standard treatments for men with prostate cancer, such as radical prostatectomy and IMRT, are known for causing adverse side effects such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

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