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Statistical comparison of Treatment Outcomes

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Posted 01 January 2018 22:04:30(UTC)

I have posted on this before but the information has been updated and put on a new web site.  Treatments compared are based on numerous studies and over 100,000 men who have been followed for some 15 years. Although this is posted here under localised cancer, the treatment results are categorised as for Low, Intermediate and High. risk.  It is possible to see all results under the tutorial together with links to the studies on which the graphs are based or remove treatments to show a reduced number of treatments or just one.  It will be observed that results vary greatly even within each treatment and not all may be suitable for an individual patient.  So this is not intended to be what is best for an individual but serves more as an indication of how a large number of men have responded to various treatments. It also has to be remembered that it is looking back some 15 years past when the men were treated and since then, particularly as regards radiation in various forms, there have been advances which are expected to improve results in subsequent years. You could start working round the site here :- https://prostatecancerfree.org/

NB. In a minority of cases PSA may still be low but cancer more advanced than believed by this indicator and this could have been made clear.

 

Barry
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Posted 02 January 2018 00:29:20(UTC)

Thanks for posting that; as it happens, it pretty much confirmed my choices, so I quite liked it!

Might find it easier to go direct to the 'choices' page, especially if videos annoy you!

And it worth adding that  - like all long term studies - it is a little outdated, as virtually all the treatment modes will claim to have advanced in the past 15 years, some more than others! But interesting, for all that.

-- Andrew --

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User
Posted 02 January 2018 22:40:10(UTC)

Agree better place to start. Have amended my post. Thank you Andrew.

Barry
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Posted 03 January 2018 08:42:51(UTC)
Goodness - I hate trying to interpret graphs. Not my strong point. I'm going to have a cup of tea with one of my maths teacher colleagues and get him to explain this to me!

Ulsterman
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Posted 03 January 2018 22:10:54(UTC)

Thanks Barry,  I enjoy graphs.  I viewed these from the view of someone who has had an op rather than someone who is trying to work out which has best outcome.

If there was a study covering near to my case described below and even then it's likely there will be some peculiar conditions.

I have a high risk Gleason 4+4, which makes me high risk, but low risk on other categories, also negative margin but close to edge at the apex.  I tell myself it makes chances a bit better than most high risk, we need these beliefs for a few months between blood tests anyway.

On these graphs it's probably better to look at trends but even then each case has some unique characteristics, as I know you're aware.

Regards

Peter

User
Posted 03 January 2018 22:41:12(UTC)
Originally Posted by: Online Community Member
Goodness - I hate trying to interpret graphs. Not my strong point. I'm going to have a cup of tea with one of my maths teacher colleagues and get him to explain this to me!

Ulsterman


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