What are the chances of being cured?
As a prostate cancer patient, the word “cure” means completely removing the prostate cancer from your body, either through surgery or by completely killing the cancer through radiotherapy. Treatment should always strive to have the smallest possible impact on a patient’s quality of life.
A patient is usually considered as “cured” when they do not experience a recurrence of prostate cancer (also known as a relapse) for at least five years. This can be monitored effectively following prostate cancer treatment by measuring a patient’s PSA level. Other instrument-based examinations (i.e. MRI/CT scans, scintigraphy) might be used depending on your personal circumstances.
The outcomes outlined here are the results of over two decades of continuous clinical quality control. This is why the doctors at the Martini-Klinik are keen to hear from former patients about how they are doing, what their quality of life has been after treatment and whether their cancer has been cured. In addition to our interest in our patients’ wellbeing, even years after their treatment at the Martini-Klinik, this allows us to draw conclusions about future patients’ chances of being cured and maintaining a good quality of life.