Smoking May Be Linked To Worse Outcomes In Prostate Cancer Patients.

Posted: February 3, 2015

HealthDay reports that research published in BJU International suggests that smoking may be linked to worse outcomes in patients with prostate cancer. Investigators found “that the likelihood of surviving prostate cancer for a decade without experiencing any disease recurrence was about 66 percent among patients who had never smoked.” Comparatively, the percentage dropped to 52 percent among those who were current smokers. Meanwhile, “former smokers fared better than current smokers, with about 62 percent projected to hit the 10-year survival mark.” However, “compared with those who had never smoked, both current and former smokers faced a notably higher risk for the toxic urinary side effects that can occur with radiation treatment.”

Cancer Network reports, “According to the study authors, this study is one of the first large cohort studies of patients treated with radiotherapy for prostate cancer to show that ‘smoking can adversely influence survival outcomes and increase the risk of treatment-related toxicity.’”