Jan 29, 2012 - 9:19 am
Guys on Active Surveillance, or contemplating AS, may want to go to the following link and read the article. Seems Avodart (dutasteride) can significantly slow disease progression.
"Our trial is the first study to show the benefits of use of a 5α-reductase inhibitor to reduce the need for aggressive treatment in men undergoing active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer...delaying their time to pathological progression and initiation of primary therapy."
Had I known this three years ago I may have considered AS a bit more seriously … (probably not, I was really a chicken and just wanted the cancer out of me).
I have a friend on Avodart for treatment of benign prostate tissue left behind after a RP and it seems to be working very well. He had been scheduled for SRT when a second opinion came up with the benign tissue idea and they put him on a trial treatment with Avodart. That was over two years ago and he’s been doing well (PSA went and stayed down) ever since.