I imagine that there is a high number of regretters of any form of treatment in time. I think 19% is possible but I wonder about
the questionaire. I doubt that this is a great study to go by, however. As the writers said there were 219,000 new patients with half had surgery. So of 110,000 people who underwent surgery only 400 were interviewed. There is a lot of room for error there. And the demographics can be selective and skewing the results as well.
There is also a new set of studies that are showing that radiaologists claims that radiation therapy is just as good as surgery at controlling cancer are exagerated. This is already known to be only if the cancer is localized. There is also studies that show that patients with locally advanced, or advanced disease that undergo LRP or RRP prior to adjuvant radiation and adjuvant HT are fairing better and avoiding hormone refractory disease for longer periods than any other treatment options.
Also I would like to see more studies that exclude or segregate the 15% of those treated with surgery that ended up with advanced disease. I bet the number of regretters is way higher in that group. Obviously if the surgery fails, living with advanced cancer, ED or incontinence, and hormone therapy, patients might regret bothering with the surgery at higher rates. Just a thought.
Also a study of the same nature for alternative treatments after 5, 10 and 15 years might yeald the same results. Just guessing because there isn't any.
For me, I would be among the 82% in this Duke study you've linked that has no regrets about
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 8/29/2008 11:51:17 PM (GMT-6)