Kaiser reports on quality of life outcomes after first-line treatment for prostate cancer

8 May

As always, good information, easy to read. In my ideal world, every man dealing with prostate issues would be guided to this website

THE "NEW" PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK

Kaiser Permanente maintains a large data registry in  order to assess the quality of outcomes over time among tens of thousands of Kaiser patients, prostate cancer patients included.

In the current study, by Chien et al., Kaiser used their prostate cancer database to assess the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of men with prostate cancer at up to 24 months after treatment. The population included > 5,500 men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer between March 2011 and January 2014. All patients were asked to complete the Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite (EPIC-26) questionnaire prior to treatment, and then at 1, 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after treatment through November 2014 for all methods of treatment.

Here is what the authors report:

  • The study included 5,727 newly diagnosed patients.
  • Evaluable data were collected from
    • 3,422 patients at diagnosis and prior to treatment
    • 2,329 patients at 1 month post-treatment
    • 2,017…

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