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Radical prostatectomy may prolong prostate cancer survival

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that men with localized prostate cancer who underwent radical prostatectomy had a mean of 2.9 additional years of life at 23 years' follow-up, compared with those in the watchful waiting group. However, researchers found a five times and 20 times increased mortality risk among those who had radical prostatectomy with extracapsular extension and a Gleason score higher than 7, respectively.

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