Author(s): Lynch WJ, Jenkins BJ, Fowler CG, HopeStone HF, Blandy JP
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Abstract The quality of life in 72 patients who had shown a complete response to radiotherapy, using a modified bladder symptom score and the Nottingham health profile, was compared with the quality of life in a similar control group matched for age and sex. There was no significant difference in either group. The records of 69 patients who had undergone post-radiation salvage cystectomy were reviewed, looking specifically at surgical complications. There were 3 post-operative deaths (5\%), 3 pulmonary emboli and 3 fistulae--with some overlap of complications. Five patients who underwent cystectomy for intractable symptoms in the apparent absence of recurrent tumour were found to have residual cancer in the excised specimens.
This article was published in Br J Urol
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy