Men with locally advanced prostate cancer (PCa) have a better chance of survival when they add radiation therapy (RT) to their hormone therapy, according to research presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
This is another study that finds a survival advantage in adding radiation therapy to hormonal therapy in advanced prostate cancer. Traditionally, urologists treated these patients with hormonal therapy only since radiation was not curative.
Newer studies are showing that external beam radiation added to hormonal therapy helps people live longer. I think this is because radiation therapy is safer than it was in the past and treating the primary tumor may help prevent future metastases.