A 15-year study of the effectiveness of prostate cancer surgery has found that there is no significant increase in a man’s lifespan if they elect for prostate removal rather than other treatment methods. This study was conducted thanks to 731 veterans who volunteered to be monitored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program.
The men in the national study received treatment at VA hospitals which involved either a prostatectomy or “observation” in which their physicians provided treatment necessary for relieving the often disabling symptoms of the cancer.
The findings showed that the men whose prostates were removed experienced more erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and bowel dysfunction over the group treated with observation. There was no significant difference in overall mortality or death from prostate cancer.
Veterans are often an important resource for doctors to seek for trials on new treatments for disabling conditions. Disabled veterans with common conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, and cancers can often serve their country yet again by participating in medical research through their local VA hospital.
Disabled veterans can receive more health care benefits and resources when they apply for, and are approved to receive veterans’ disability benefits through the VA.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.