For years doctors have recommended prostatectomy – surgical removal of the prostate gland – for men with prostate cancer, especially young men. However, a new study confirms what Chicago Prostate Cancer Center doctors have believed for years – age is not a factor when men of all ages were studied to compare the success of surgery versus brachytherapy (seed implant) in patients with low-risk prostate cancer. As stated in the article, “Young age should not be a deterrent when considering brachytherapy as a primary treatment option for clinically localized prostate cancer.”
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