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Mark S. Litwin, John L. Gore, Lorna Kwan, Judson M. Brandeis, Steve P. Lee, H. Rodney Withers and Robert E. Reiter Quality of life after surgery, external beam irradiation, or brachytherapy for early-stage prostate cancer Cancer 109

Article first published online: 23 APR 2007 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.22676

Quality of life domains are differentially affected by various treatments for localized prostate cancer. This prospective, longitudinal cohort study illustrates that urinary control and sexual function are better after radiation, although nerve-sparing surgery diminishes these differences among potent men undergoing prostatectomy. Brachytherapy causes more urinary obstructive and irritative symptoms, whereas both forms of radiation cause more bowel dysfunction than surgery.

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