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UCSF compares prostate cancer treatments
San Francisco Chronicle

Treating prostate cancer with surgery tended to be more cost effective than radiation, especially for patients with lower-risk disease, according to a UCSF-led study that compared the cost and life-saving aspects of the most commonly used treatments. Researchers analyzed 232 papers that showed results over the past decade for patients with all levels of prostate cancer who were treated with either surgery, radiation, hormone therapies or brachytherapy, a form of internal treatment usually involving radioactive seeds or pellets, or combinations of the treatment.